Scottish solar company creates 30 new jobs amid FiT uncertainty

Despite the uncertainty caused by the recent feed-in tariff cuts, Absolute Solar and Wind has announced the employment of 30 new staff members as the company expands across Scotland. Headquartered in Glasgow, the solar PV, thermal and wind energy provider is now set to open three new offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The new premises, which will provide a base for Absolute’s new office staff and system installers, have been set up on the back of the company’s mounting success over the past two years. The company states that while many are concerned about the reduced incentive rates for solar photovoltaics technology, the renewables industry still remains strong and orders have continued to come in.

“We’re very excited to be opening in the east, north and northeast. We were getting more and more enquiries from the Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness areas, and as we have a network of trained installers throughout the country we were able to service these enquiries,” explained Absolute’s Sales and Marketing Director, Terry Doherty.

“We expect this growth to continue throughout 2012 and are delighted to be in a position to open new offices in Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh."

Absolute’s England-based office, which provides renewable energy systems to those living in the midlands and south of the UK, has also moved to a larger head office in Ipswich.

This news comes after Absolute last year completed the latest installation of solar panels in Scotland. The 792 panel system, installed atop the Malcolm Allan warehouse in Kintore, is expected to generate 114039kWh of green electricity a year.

“This installation is a great sign that the solar sector has a strong future in Scotland, in spite of recent uncertainties over the feed-in tariff. The proposals for a framework for future tariff changes should provide a sustained basis for growth and build confidence in the solar PV sector,” said Scotland’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing.

“The expansion of businesses such as Absolute Solar & Wind shows that solar PV works in Scotland and will continue to contribute to our world-leading renewables target.”