A HOLMFIRTH man has embarked on an energetic new business – and is winning contracts to provide renewable energy systems for private and public sector clients.
Dean Staveley walked out of his job four years ago to become his own boss – armed with 15 years experience in the electrical contracting and lighting industry.
He set up a company specialising in providing wind turbines and solar panels for farms, schools, businesses and council properties – having gained international standard ISO 9001 and accreditation to organisations including the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.
Dean said: “I found it a bit of a struggle to begin with and spent about two years ‘on the bread line’. The bank would not back me because they did not see a future in renewable energy.
“Now I am getting some good orders and things are coming to fruition.”
Dean’s company, Newgen Design Ltd, based at Bridge Mills, Holmfirth, operates under the Newgen banner.
It is one of only a handful of companies UK-wide to be a member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme – an independent body that certifies microgeneration products such as turbines and solar panels and their installers in accordance with consistent standards.
Newgen works with Elland-based Waxman Energy, a firm specialising in the design and distribution of solar photovoltaic systems, and Brighouse firm Evoco Energy Ltd, which supplies wind turbines. Newgen is also a member of the Renewable Energy Association.
Newgen has undertaken project to provide turbines for customers at Shepley and Upper Cumberworth and has carried out work to increase the efficiency of power supplies used for lighting stairwells and running tumble driers at Kirklees Council-owned flats in Berry Brow.
A four-day installation programme to reduce voltage from 250 to 220 volts has cut energy usage at the flats by 8%.
Dean said: “I am also pricing for work at schools in Calderdale and Kirklees and I am getting new enquiries every week.”
Other potential contracts include work for a housing association with 6,000 properties.
And the company will be exhibiting on June 12 at Honley Show – with the Evoco 10kw wind turbine and solar panels on display.