Oakapple Renewable Energy (OAREL) has employed two architectural technologists to help design and build its pipeline of UK solar projects. The new recruits, Andrew Brearley and Kit Maplethorpe, are part of the company’s £100 million investment programme and will help maximize power generation from OAREL’s planned systems.

Brearley brings 25 years of architecture experience to OAREL, having worked with a number of the leading architectural practices in Yorkshire, including DLG Architects and P+HS Architects.

Maplethorpe, who graduated from Leeds University with an accredited honours degree in Architectural Technology, has worked for Leeds Environmental Design Associates (LEDA), where he was involved in several low-carbon projects.

Speaking of the appointments, managing director of OAREL Philip Taylor said,

“With the size of projects we are targeting it is essential to have skilled and experienced architectural technologists who can design systems that will achieve maximum power generation from our solar panels,” said OAREL’s Managing Director, Philip Taylor.

“Both Andy and Kit have impressed the directors with their breadth of knowledge of the market and the recommendations they have given us to date. We are confident they will become an important part of our team and help our customers to save a considerable amount of money on their energy bills,” Taylor added.