A Yeovil company has produced a major investment in solar energy.

After installing over 1,500 solar panels across their main factory roof, Garador has unveiled their first garage door powered by produced solar energy.

The solar installation is expected to provide well over half of the power requirements at Britain’s foremost garage door manufacturer throughout the summer and winter months.

Garador’s Managing Director Jon Watson said the scheme will play a part in bringing down funds for both the Carbon Footprint and electricity.

“The amount of preparation needed for the installation was extensive,” he said.

“We had to refurbish the roof before we could begin fitting any solar panels. Then we needed an inverter, to transform the DC power from the panels into AC power to run the production machinery, along with energy monitoring equipment.

“It has been a complex process but we are confident the panels will not only help to reduce our carbon footprint but also reduce our overall electricity costs over the long-term.”

The installation was carried out by Perfect Sense Energy and head of sales Ian Marr added: “Garador were an excellent client to work with. The project was supported from day one by the board and senior management.

“The system is expected to generate over 700,000 kWh of clean electricity, with return on investment in just a few years and significant reductions in CO2.”