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New commercial PV lab on Nottingham’s Easter Park in Lenton

 

SOLAR company IPSol Energy will double its workforce to 20 and take on apprentices when it builds its new commercial PV lab on Nottingham’s Easter Park in Lenton. That’s according to IPSol CEO Peter Khoury, who told GreenTech Business Network that it’s about time Britain plc caught up with Germany by attracting more investment and expertise to the UK’s rapidly growing solar energy industry. “Germany is probably the largest user of solar PV and Germany and the UK have pretty much the same kind of weather – not very good,” says Khoury. “At the moment countries such as Germany and the USA have taken the lead on solar investment and it’s about time we did the same. Britain plc is a global business and we want people to come to us.” IPSol, which provides business and technical advice to the solar PV industry, will retain its R&D base within Loughborough University while expanding into Nottingham by building an 8,000 sq ft commercial lab providing ‘cradle-to-grave’ testing, validation and accreditation services for PV components. The company, which works with Loughborough University’s Centre For Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), secured £0.5m private investment for the expansion and aims to position the lab as the world’s first Solar PV Centre of Excellence. IPSol believes it can achieve 100% year-on-year growth for the next five years based on soaring demand for solar energy in the UK, this being largely fuelled by the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme. But why Nottingham? Khoury says Loughborough hasn’t got the space he needs to build a new facility from scratch; Nottingham has.

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