The EDC was founded to provide meaningful employment and increase awareness, education and the availability of solar and wind technologies. The organisation was formed as a Workers Co-operative to ensure democratic ownership, and was registered as a Limited company in 1998.
Starting from a capital base of only £ 100, the company had to pull itself up by it's shoestrings for the first few years of it's existence, with key members donating their time to get the company off the ground. A small business start-up grant from Suffolk County Council and a loan from ICOF enabled the company to start trading. The chosen business strategy was to target off-grid commercial power applications, and slowly but surely the client base grew into a diverse range of businesses.
With a strong focus on service and support, we now have large commercial clients with whom we have been working for well over a decade. We continue to expand our range of services to ensure we offer the best possible support for our clients, and we now offer a range of consultancy, site survey & system design services.
Now, more than ever, the world needs to move to a carbon-free energy supply. At the same time, the requirements for off-grid power sources in the commercial sector have increased dramatically in the world of interconnectivity. Communications, wifi, networking and remote monitoring all require small amounts of power, very often in remote locations.
Over recent years, the capital costs of a solar pv system have dropped massively due to major investment in large manufacturing plants by some of the world's biggest electronics companies. In particular, Panasonic (Sanyo) and LG Electronics have come to the forefront as world-leading solar pv manufacturers.
Going forward, we are looking at launching our own low-cost remote battery monitoring system. Also, in response to client's demands, we are developing a range of pre-designed and pre-built power systems, which will make the installation and deployment far simpler for low power remote applications. Initial trials with shipping container-based systems have proved 100% successful.
Our mission is to provide high quality off-grid solar and wind powered solutions ... that work.
It's our committed and dedicated people who make the company what it is, constantly striving for improvements and to exceed expectations.
Drawn from varied backgrounds, our team have over 50 years of combined experience in the industry. On this new website, we hope to finally get them in front of a camera and get them to introduce themselves ... watch this space !
A few quotes from our clients :
"First a big thank you. We set up the system you designed and it worked perfectly. The attached photographs are the evidence." – JM
"It is a real pleasure to complete this project and see everything working so well. Thanks to you for all your advice and design which helped make this possible." – CD
'Thanks for the kit and your efforts to deliver quickly. It arrived in time and we were able to show it at the client demonstration which went very well.' – SM
"Once again, thank you for all your help & to your colleagues, you have been professional at every stage & the build quality exceeded expectations." – AR