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Bes Co-op wins INSPIRE 2014 Awards
Monday, 17 November 2014 16:22
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Well we've had a pretty amazing couple of months.

Peter Symonds College. Back in August/September we installed a massive 80 panel (47kW) system on the roof on on of the Hampshire’s leading 6th form colleges. After an intensive bidding and selection process the College selected Bes Co-op as the best installer and designer of solar PV systems in the region.

They asked us to design and install a solar panel system on the roof of their sports hall. As Andy Molloy, Bes Co-op Chair, said "Peter Symonds set us a tough challenge of getting an optimal system designed and installed before the start of the academic year.  We managed to get this done on time and below budget".  Peter Symonds decided to install the system after they had heard about the success of a similar one installed on the roof of Basingstoke College of Technology.  Andy continued by saying "Experience at BCoT has now shown just what the enormous financial and environmental benefits can be gained from solar panels.  Over 10% of BCoT's south site electricity is now generated from their solar panels.  They are making a return on investment of over 12% and saving tonnes of carbon emissions a year. And this are based on real evidence from nearly two years of operation".

Council Offices GET Solar Power.

If August and September were good. October and November were better.  In October Bes Co-op where selected by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to install solar panels on the roofs of council buildings.SMA Advandced Installer Logo

World's leading solar manufacturer recognises Bes Co-op skills.

Our success in the industry has also been recognised by others.

In May 2013 Bes Co-op was proud to win the prestigious Basingstoke and Deane’s Mayor Award for Business.  This is an award made to a local business to re-cognise their “outstanding contribution to Basingstoke”.  Past winners have included corporations such Centreprise, Motorola, Eli Lilly, De La Rue and Winterthur Life.  So we are in good company!

In October 2014 we were appointed as members of SMA’s advanced installer programme. SMA is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar power systems.   Only Installers with advanced levels of skill and knowledge in solar system design, engineering and installation can join the programme.

And then we are chosen as North Hampshire's Small business of the year.

The year has been rounded off with the best news yet. In November 2014 we all gathered at the largest business awards ceremony in the region - the INSPIRE 2014 awards  www.inspirebusinessawards.co.uk. Here Bes Co-op was selected as the region's best small business 2014.

Martin Heath (Bes Co-op Director) commented “This is great recognition of what we are doing.  We are a different way of doing business - we are a co-operative and owned by our customers. They decide how we are run and managed. They decide on custmer care. They decide if we are doing a good job.  All our focus is on delivering great value renewable energy systems to the people and businesses of North Hampshire". You can hear Martin being interviewed on The Breeze local radio station here.


Last week we were appointed as members of SMA’s advanced installer programme. SMA is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar power systems.   Only Installers with advanced levels of skill and knowledge in solar system design, engineering and installation can join the programme.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:37