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THE NEWS THAT Baxters were setting up their HQ in Scotland’s Capital proved not to be the only expansion by a Moray firm into Edinburgh this week.
It has emerged that Forres-based AES Solar, one of the leading firms in the solar energy market, has also set up a new base in the city.
AES Solar cited the securing of more work in the central belt as the reason for setting up the new office, although the firm has also been trading extensively throughout Europe.
Jamie Di Sotto, AES Solar’s commercial director said it was the next step to ensure the company continue to grow: “AES Solar already do a significant amount of commercial work in the central belt and throughout Scotland, so opening an office to build our presence and customer base in the region was the next natural step in our growth.”
He added: “It makes operational sense to have a base in Edinburgh as we regularly travel from Forres to the central belt for industry or client meetings.”
Last June, AES Solar sponsored the Edinburgh-based PLEA 2017 conference which attracted over 700 delegates from 50 different countries. The company’s technical director, Campbell MacLennan, addressed the delegates on the power of solar energy and the importance of working side by side with architects and engineers.
The firm also has strong links with Heriot-Watt University and recently worked on an international research project with the university where panels made in their factory were tested in varying weather conditions – in the heat of Dubai and in the opposite extreme of a deep freeze facility within the Edinburgh-based campus.
George Goudsmit, managing director of the company said: “This expansion into Edinburgh will only strengthen the relationships we have there. With 39 years of solar experience and a team of highly qualified engineers, we are perfectly set up to provide both commercial and residential customers with the best solar experience.
“At the moment the staff from Forres will rotate to man the office in Edinburgh, but we estimate that in the third quarter of this year we will be in a position to recruit a dedicated central belt team. What we are certain of, is that having a presence in the Scottish capital will create additional work for our existing central belt installers and surveyors.”