The world coming to Moray for solar needs is recognised

Managing Director George Goudsmit, Technical Director Campbell Maclennan and Commercial Director Jamie Di Sotto.
AES Solar managing director George Goudsmit, technical director Campbell Maclennan and commercial director Jamie Di Sotto.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK that AES Solar were selected as the small or medium enterprise of the year in Moray has been warmly welcomed.

The Forres firm is the oldest established solar panel manufacturer and installer in Western Europe, attracting customers to Moray from all over the world.

They were selected as the SME of the year this week at the Moray Chamber of Commerce annual awards, where George Goudsmit, AES’s managing director, said: “I am delighted and humbled that AES Solar have won such a prestigious award in a highly competitive category.

“The staff and all of our partners play a huge part in our continued success and I am so pleased to have gathered a multi-talented, dedicated team whose hard work is being recognised locally and nationally throughout the renewable and construction sectors.”

The awards are given by the chamber of commerce during Moray Business Week and the category was sponsored by Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants.

Sarah Medcraf, CEO of Moray Chamber of Commerce, said: “Moray Chamber were delighted to award the SME of the year to AES Solar. Their commitment to putting their customer first and reducing the environmental impact of their processes is outstanding.

“They have a clear commitment to their staff with holding the Investors in People and Investors in Young People Accolade and they proudly put Moray on the map with their technology.”

AES Solar counts some impressive clients in its portfolio. It has provided solar systems for the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood, Balmoral Estate on Royal Deeside and it has recently completed the two largest solar installations in Forres at Benromach Distillery and Christie-Elite Nurseries.

Jamie Di Sotto, commercial director at AES Solar said, “This is a major achievement and award for us all, our staff work tirelessly in all aspects of the business including manufacturing, innovation and design of solar installations across the length and breadth of the UK.

“We take great pride in developing our workforce and creating a vibrant innovative workplace which aims for perfection in everything we do.

“Our expertise and 37 years of experience means that AES Solar continues to be at the forefront of the newest solar energy technologies allowing us to offer customers small and large the best products and service available on the market.”

The company is also waiting to hear if it has won an accolade in the Green Energy Awards. AES Solar was shortlisted as a finalist in the Sustainable Scotland category for its installation at Craigdon Mountain Sports at the Pentland Outdoor Centre in Edinburgh.