Menlo Electric brings latest PV technology to the UK and Ireland

Solar PV distributor Menlo Electric is planning to establish a strong presence in both the UK and Ireland through its subsidiary, Menlo Electric Ltd, and is opening a new regional headquarters in Leeds.
Menlo Electric brings latest PV technology to the UK and Ireland
Courtesy of Menlo Electric.

Menlo Electric operates a warehouse in Bradford and so is strategically positioned to serve the UK and Ireland markets. The company is one of the top three EU distributors for world-leading solar module manufacturers, such as Jinko Solar and Risen Energy, as well as an official distributor of JA Solar, Sungrow (having signed a strategic agreement on 2 GW last month), SolarEdge, Solax, Deye, and FoxESS.

“Due to recent energy crisis and electricity price volatility, installing photovoltaic system is becoming a necessity for many British and Irish businesses and households” said Donovan Ramage, General Manager at Menlo Electric Ltd. “Electricity prices increased for much of the last decade. Average bills were £769 in 2021 compared to £450 in 2010, a 36 percent real increase. At the same time, the cost of going solar continues to drop. Thanks to Menlo Electric’s strong relationship with world’s leading PV manufacturers, we will provide our clients with reliable access to top-quality components at competitive prices. Many of the brands we carry are currently either not present in UK or their presence does not reflect their global position. We will change that, while providing clients with a broader choice.”

The UK Government has already set a target for all electricity to come from 100 percent zero-carbon generation by 2035.

On 15 May 2023, the UK achieved a significant milestone by producing its trillionth kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity generated from renewable sources, enough to power UK homes for 12 years based on average consumption. While it took 50 years to reach this milestone, based on current projections, it will take just over five years to reach the next trillionth kWh.

In 2022, individual renewables contributed the following to the renewable mix: wind power (26.8 percent), biomass energy (5.2 percent), solar power (4.4 percent), and hydropower, including tidal (1.8 percent).

“It is anticipated that the UK's renewable capacity will increase dramatically over the next decade” added Marcin Ślęzak, UK Executive Director and Board Member at Menlo Electric. “By 2030, solar capacity could grow fivefold from 14 GW to roughly 70 GW. Menlo Electric's mission is to facilitate the energy transition by improving access to top-quality components. Accordingly, we believe we can play a very positive role in the transformation happening here, supporting the British zero-carbon generation race and increasing energy independence and safety within businesses and households.”

Image: From the left: Paweł Kowalczyk – Business Development Manager, Donovan Ramage – General Manager UK&I , Olga Metz – CS and Office Manager, Ian Hughes – Business Development Manager, Selwyn Kum - Business Development Manager

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