Yorkshire-based Solahart UK, a renewable energy company, has signed a supply deal with Australian solar firm Solahart. As part of the deal, Solahart UK has become the exclusive UK supplier of Solarhart solar thermal products made in Australia and Europe.

Solahart UK, part of the Photon Utilities group, will import Solahart products and have a network of approved installers across the country to fit them.

The company believes that the deal could create local jobs and bring “a new top-quality environmental technology to the UK”. Solahart UK is now seeking to recruit an initial 20 distributors and installers.

Adrian Taffinder, Managing Director and CEO of Solahart UK, said:  “The future’s looking incredible exciting.  We’re increasing our team from 14 to 34, as we need sales, marketing and administrative staff, as well as warehouse staff and experienced solar engineers.

“I hope this will be just the start as there is huge potential for further development.”

Taffinder believes that, as the cost of traditional energy continues to rise, more businesses and householders look to cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He commented:  “You don’t have to live in Australia to use the sun to generate up to 70 per cent of your hot water for free all year-round, plus qualify for further incentives under government schemes that help make being environmentally friendly really cost-effective.

“Solahart has big markets in Northern Italy and Germany. It has even been installed at the Mount Everest base camp, which only has four hours of sunlight a day, proving that it doesn’t need high temperatures to do a great job.”

Taffinder said:  “I’ve always had a personal interest in renewable energy and the fact that the UK has the fastest growing market for it made the sector the natural choice for me.”

Solahart pioneered using the sun to heat water over 50 years ago and supplies systems to 80 countries around the world.