Shadow energy minister to open renewable energy centre

Shadow energy minister Charles Hendry is to visit a pioneering East Sussex company which has become an authority on the generation and use of renewable energy.

The Wealden MP is to open a Renewable Energy Centre designed, by Paynes Heating and Plumbing, to demonstrate the use of alternative power sources.

The opening takes place on Friday, November 6, and invitations have gone out to councillors, architects and representatives of construction companies and housing associations to attend.

Charles Hendry said: “I am extremely pleased, as shadow energy minister, to be invited to open the Renewable Energy Centre at Paynes Heating and Plumbing.

 “There is ever increasing interest in installing renewable energy systems, but people have inevitably been confused by the conflicting information they receive.

‘It will be a great benefit for people to have a centre where they can go to understand the different alternatives so they can make the best decision for their own home and situation. I am delighted to see a local firm in Wealden providing this service.”

Paynes, which was established in Uckfield 27 years ago, has formed a new division, Paynes Energy Solutions, dedicated to renewable energy. The division has its own design team, engineers and installers.

The company is based on a three-and-a-half acre site in Blackboys outside Uckfield and has been researching the latest energy sources for the past five years.

Director Andy Payne said he was delighted that Mr Hendry was able to accept the invitation to open the new centre.

Mr Payne said: ‘It will mean a lot to everybody here to know that our MP, who is also shadow energy minister, is taking an interest in what we are doing. ‘I hope this event will encourage local businesses and individuals to take a closer look at renewable energy.’

 See also: Firm has energy solutions

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