Ely-based automation specialist, Innomech, has made a major investment in solar PV technology that will see the company become carbon neutral by the end of the year.

The company plans on installing enough solar capacity to match its office’s annual consumption of around 45,000kWh a year. Phase one of the project has seen Solarbase Energy install 141 solar modules that are expected to provide around 50 percent of the company’s annual power consumption.

Phase two of the solar development will see Solarbase Energy install a series of ground-mounted arrays to provide the other 22,500kWh the company requires a year.

Speaking to the East Anglican Daily Times, Commercial Director, Tim Mead, explained: “Innomech has always been committed to minimising the environmental impact of its business and uses clean technologies wherever possible, provided they have commercially-acceptable payback times.”

“Our own eco-friendly building already incorporates multiple technologies for more efficient energy use and waste management so investing in a full solar power system is a very natural next step for us.”

The complete solar photovoltaic system is expected to pay for itself within six years thanks to the feed-in tariff and reduced utility consumption.