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Mears Wadebridge gains certification for renewable energy

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Published by Holly George for Mears Group PLC in Housing and also in Environment

Mears' Wadebridge branch in Cornwall has just been granted MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accreditation for the installation of Biomass boilers, solar thermal panels and solar PV (photovoltaic) – Wadebridge is the first operation in Mears to receive accreditation for Biomass.

This follows last year’s pilot project with client Cornwall Housing to bring affordable energy heating solutions to tenants living in remote and rural communities who don’t have access to gas and are forced to use the more expensive options such as electricity and oil to heat their homes. Since last year the team has installed and now maintains 54 Air Source Heat Pumps.

Accreditation is essential so the full range of energy efficient systems can be offered to residents and this success is being credited to the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of John Praoline, Wadebridge’s Electrical QS and Renewable Technology Supervisor. John, who is supported by two dedicated installers: Pete Notschild and Kit Griffin, has put in an enormous amount of time and effort to gain the necessary qualifications and has also been responsible for producing the MCS Quality Manual. The NICEIC Assessor was so impressed by the manual he has asked if he can use it for training others!

Wadebridge Branch Manager, Dave Power, says: “Well done to John and the team for gaining this accreditation which will prove a great asset to our local business and help us develop our business and support our client and, potentially, new other customers too. It will also bring substantial benefits to more local people by helping to reduce fuel poverty in our local communities.”

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