Jobs boost as NVT Group announces strategic technology deal with Own Energy

Lanarkshire based IT and technology specialist, NVT Group, has announced a strategic partnership with green technology innovator Own Energy Solutions which will create 25 new jobs in the next twelve months, rising to around 300 within three years.

Own Energy has developed a small wind turbine and inverter system to harvest wind energy using lampposts as hosts. The raw energy produced by the turbine is conditioned via a bespoke inverter, resulting in metered clean energy being fed directly into the National Grid. As a result, each suitable lamppost conversion will save half a ton of carbon being released into the atmosphere.

As part of the deal, which has a value to NVT Group of £3.5m over the next fifteen years, Own Energy will relocate from Glasgow to NVT’s Bellshill HQ, where its outsourced Managed Services team will provide a fully integrated technology platform and back office services, as well as connectivity solutions for the green innovator.

Stephen Park Brown, Managing Director of NVT Group, said, “We have a great record of working with winning teams and this new venture has every prospect of eclipsing our recent commissions. We believe that Own Energy can become a significant player in the renewables market both in the UK and beyond.”

Serial Scottish entrepreneur David Gordon, Chief Executive of Own Energy, said, “We chose to partner with NVT Group based on its extraordinary performance in recent years, particularly in the delivery of the technology for world-class sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – which of course was widely regarded as the most successful in history – and The Ryder Cup.

“Our business is likely to scale up quickly and we know that NVT Group will be able to accommodate such growth based on its past experience. There are around ten million lampposts in the UK and upwards of 20 percent of these are suitable for conversion which makes this a very scalable business opportunity with huge export potential.

“We have already had positive preliminary discussions with UK public and private bodies and have had indications of interest from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and South Africa. We believe this business has the potential to achieve an annual UK turnover of over £400m within five years.”

Local SNP MSP, Richard Lyle said: “This is marvellous news and I know from colleagues across the political divide that this project is really firing the imagination. It chimes with the policies of the major political parties in Scotland and can deliver both clean green energy as well as meaningful financial benefits for hosts such as local government and private owners alike. Bringing jobs to Bellshill is also to be welcomed. I wish both NVT and Own Energy well in this exciting new energy project.”

North Lanarkshire Council leader, Jim Logue, echoed the views of his political opponent: “I very much welcome this news. New jobs, technology and innovation are a healthy mix of ingredients which will, we hope, pay dividends for North Lanarkshire and beyond.”

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