Penny Hydraulics has invested heavily in solar panels, LED lights, state-of-the-art heating controls and electric vehicles to help reduce their carbon footprint. The installation of solar panels has been a major benefit to the business, generating on average 50% of the energy they use.
Despite the business wanting to install more solar panels – and having the space to do so – they have been limited as to how many they can fit by an arbitrary limit set by the local grid operator.
Penny continues: “It’s very frustrating, as we know we can progress further than we have already. For example, we cannot install more solar panels due to limitations of the grid and there is no long-term strategy to change this.
We would also start operating battery service vans, but too greater part of the payload is taken up with the weight of the battery. Legislation needs to be changed to take the weight of the battery out of the sum for a 3.5 tonne vehicle classification”.