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Forrest branches out with energy service

5 Aug 11 Social housing contractor Forrest has launched a specialist retrofit and environmental division to add a private sector client base.

An estate in St Helens that Forrest refurbished with green technology last year
An estate in St Helens that Forrest refurbished with green technology last year

Forrest Green will offer services to improve the environmental performance of buildings either through retrofit programmes or new build projects.

The move comes as the Preston-based company looks to expand into new markets by targeting domestic, commercial and public sector property owners in addition to organisations within its traditional social housing client base.

Forrest Green will design, implement and manage energy infrastructure for property owners using a range of technology including insulation, solar photovoltaic (solar PV), solar thermal, heat pumps and green roofing.

The business is hoping to help property owners benefit from government incentives such as the feed-in tariff (FIT), which provides users of solar PV technology with payments for any electricity generated and exported back to the national grid.

A similar cash back scheme called Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was launched in April 2011, allowing owners of solar thermal systems to claim from energy providers.

Forrest chief executive officer Lee McCarren said: “There is an increasing desire in commercial and domestic property markets to become energy efficient due to government incentives and rising energy prices and our expertise can help meet this demand.

“We have been leading the way by adopting green technology in our social housing construction projects for many years and we’re now ready to leverage this knowledge and experience into the commercial sector.

“The launch of Forrest Green combined with our geographic expansion and investment in our teams, service lines, infrastructure and expertise will help us to continue our rapid growth.”

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