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About us

we are altenergy

A family-run renewable energy company

At ALTENERGY, we are dedicated to powering your tomorrow.

Our mission is to power a sustainable future by providing high quality and innovative renewable energy solutions for homes and businesses. We are committed to reducing carbon emissions and promoting a cleaner, greener future for generations to come.

Over 15 years experience

In the renewable energy industry

With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, we have become experts in the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Our team of skilled professionals are highly trained and keep up to date with all the latest technology to ensure you receive the best service.

We offer a wide range of services, including solar panel installation, energy storage solutions, operations and maintenance, and consultancy.

We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and provide customised solutions, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service and after sales support.

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Mary Scott
Founder & CEO
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John Borthwick
Founder & CEO
OUR energy experts

Take a look at our professional team of experts

Elliot Watt

Director - electrical engineer

With a passion for renewable energy and a track record of success in the solar industry, Elliott brings over 15 years of invaluable expertise to the table. Throughout his career, he has been involved in various solar projects across Europe, ranging from small-scale domestic installations to large-scale ground-mounted systems exceeding 1GW.

As a seasoned professional, Elliott possesses a deep understanding of the solar energy landscape, constantly staying abreast of the latest technological advancements and industry trends. He has played a pivotal role in the design, development, and implementation of numerous solar projects, contributing to the growth of sustainable energy solutions.

Throughout his journey, Elliott has gained a comprehensive knowledge of the solar industry, covering various aspects such as project management, system optimisation, and regulatory compliance. He has a keen eye for detail, ensuring that every installation meets the highest standards of efficiency, safety, and environmental responsibility. He is adept at translating complex technical concepts into easily understandable language, enabling effective decision-making and building strong relationships with clients.

Zoe Watt

Director - Project manager

With twelve years’ experience in finance, seven years’ experience in the waste industry, and involvement in large-scale renewable energy projects, Zoe realised her true calling in the realm of environmental sustainability. Driven by her passion for the environment, she made the move to ALTENERGY, where she could fully immerse herself in this crucial area.

Throughout her career, Zoe has gained extensive knowledge and expertise in the renewable and waste industry, witnessing first-hand the environmental challenges we face and the urgent need for sustainable solutions. Her experience working on large-scale renewable energy projects has given her a holistic perspective on the intersection of energy generation and environmental conservation.

Zoes organisational prowess keeps projects on track, enabling efficient utilisation of resources and delivering results that exceed expectations. In her role at ALTENERGY, Zoe plays a pivotal role in spearheading sustainable initiatives, guiding our team towards innovative solutions that balance environmental consciousness with practicality.

Euan Roberts

Electrician and Electrical Installations Specialist

With over 30 years of invaluable experience as an electrician, Euan has honed his skills in electrical installations, maintenance, and troubleshooting. His expertise spans various sectors, including residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Euan’s hands-on experience in working with diverse electrical systems equips him with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies and specific requirements of each installation.

Euan’s commitment to precision and adherence to electrical regulations ensure that every installation meets the highest standards of safety and compliance. He stays updated on the latest industry codes and best practices, incorporating them into his work to guarantee optimal performance and reliability, ensuring our clients receive the most up-to-date solutions and innovative approaches to their electrical needs.

Beyond his technical expertise, Euan’s approachable demeanor and willingness to share knowledge make him a valuable resource for colleagues and clients alike. He takes pride in providing guidance and insights on electrical systems, offering solutions that are tailored to meet specific project requirements.

Jebby Cann

Maintenance Engineer

Jebby is a dedicated maintenance engineer with a wealth of experience in ground works and maintenance. With his strong agricultural background, Jeb brings a unique perspective and invaluable knowledge to our team.

Jeb’s attention to detail and commitment to proactive maintenance contribute to the longevity and reliability of our equipment and infrastructure. His background further enriches his capabilities as a maintenance engineer; this specialised knowledge enables Jeb to provide tailored solutions that address the specific requirements of our operations. Beyond his technical prowess, Jeb is known for his friendly demeanour, strong work ethic, reliability, and teamwork.


The most frequent questions and answers

Solar energy is harnessed through the use of photovoltaic (PV) panels, which convert sunlight into electricity. When sunlight hits the solar panels, it awakens the electrons in the PV cells, generating a flow of electrical current. This current can be used to power homes, businesses, or be stored in batteries for later use.

Solar energy offers numerous benefits; it leads to long-term cost savings on electricity bills and provides energy independence for homes and businesses. Solar power also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, contributing to a cleaner environment.

Solar panels are designed to be durable and can last for 25 to 30 years or more. The performance of solar panels typically degrades slowly over time, but most manufacturers offer warranties that guarantee a certain level of performance for a specified number of years.

Solar panels are suitable for a wide range of locations, as long as they receive an adequate amount of sunlight. The amount of sunlight a location receives can impact the efficiency and output of a solar system. It’s best to consult with a solar professional to determine the feasibility and potential benefits of installing solar panels in a specific area.

Solar panels can still generate electricity on cloudy days, although their output may be reduced compared to sunny days. Solar systems can’t produce electricity at night since they require sunlight. However, energy storage solutions, such as batteries, can store excess energy produced during the day for use at night or during periods of low sunlight.

The cost of solar panels can vary depending on factors such as system size, installation complexity, and location. Prices have decreased significantly over the years, making solar more affordable.

Solar panels generally require minimal maintenance. Regular cleaning to remove dust and debris is recommended to ensure optimal performance. Additionally, inspections by a qualified technician may be necessary every few years to check for any potential issues and ensure the system is operating efficiently.

Battery storage systems are connected to solar panels and store the excess electricity generated by the panels. When the solar system produces more electricity than is being used, the excess power is stored in the battery for later use. When energy demand exceeds the solar production, the stored electricity is discharged from the battery to power the home or business.

Integrating battery storage with solar panels offers several advantages. It allows for greater self-consumption of solar energy, reducing the need to draw power from the grid during times when solar production is low. Battery storage also provides a backup power source during grid outages, ensuring continuity of essential services. Additionally, it allows users to take advantage of time-of-use electricity pricing by storing excess energy during low-rate periods and using it during peak-rate periods, further reducing energy costs.

The lifespan of solar batteries can vary depending on factors such as battery chemistry, usage patterns, and maintenance. Most solar batteries have a warranty period of 5 to 15 years, and their lifespan can range from 10 to 20 years or more. Regular maintenance and proper usage can help optimise battery performance and extend its life.

In many cases, it is possible to retrofit battery storage to an existing solar panel system. However, it depends on the compatibility of the existing system with battery storage technology. Some older solar systems may require upgrades or modifications to integrate with battery storage.

Solar batteries typically require minimal maintenance. Regular monitoring of battery performance and state of charge is recommended. Additionally, some battery chemistries may require occasional inspections or maintenance by qualified technicians to ensure optimal performance and safety.

Batteries are primarily designed to work in conjunction with solar panels. While it is possible to use solar batteries as standalone energy storage devices, their ability to charge solely from solar panels maximizes their efficiency and sustainability. However, in certain cases, solar batteries can also be charged from the grid during off-peak hours or from other renewable energy sources.