British Gas Solar, the PV deployment arm of Centrica’s distributed generation business, has revealed that it has embarked on a recruitment drive as it looks to ramp up its operations.

Speaking to Solar Power Portal earlier this week, Chris Morrison, head of power development at British Gas, said that the company was hiring “across the board” after Centrica took the decision to invest in its distributed energy strategy over the next five years.

Just last month Centrica paid £145 million for ENER-G, adding an established CHP business and pipeline of projects to its portfolio.

Late last week the Solar Trade Association revealed that it has elected a new chairman and vice-chairman in industry stalwarts Jonathan Selwyn and Seb Berry.

The two were elected at a meeting of the STA’s board of directors following the standing down of Jan Sisson.

“I hope to put my experience to good use in helping steer the STA through the many challenges ahead and I am very grateful to the members for electing me to this position,” Selwyn said.

One of those challenges will undoubtedly be the recent spate of job losses, which The Guardian reported at the weekend could amount to as much as half of the entire UK solar sector.

The STA is to announce the findings of its survey with PwC in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, former Clean Air Power engineer Sean O’Kane has joined Ultra Low Emission Mileage Co as senior engineer, and Jerry Stokes has joined recruitment firm Hyperion as a non-executive director.

Stokes joins Hyperion with substantial experience in the global solar industry having held senior positions at the likes of MSK Solar, Suntech and Innotech Solar.