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SGU Year in Review

BY DARREN LEWIS | 14-12-23

2023 has been a remarkable year for Solar Group Utilities (SGU), marked by significant growth, industry recognition, and a steadfast commitment to our core values. With the renewable energy transition gaining momentum and the UK's net-zero target set for 2035, we have witnessed an upsurge in demand for our services, propelling us to new heights of success.

Key Achievements:

Strategic Partnerships

We forged a framework agreement with Wise & Next Energy, expanding our portfolio offerings with Equans UK, and secured contracts with Cardiff Council and Elgin Energy. These partnerships solidified our position as a leading provider of operations and maintenance (O&M) services in the renewable energy sector.

Industry Recognition

We were thrilled to be awarded the prestigious Company of the Year accolade at the British Renewable Energy Awards, a testament to our dedication to excellence and innovation. This recognition stands as a testament to the drive and ambition of our directors, Stuart and Darren, and the unwavering commitment of our entire team.

Image: Darren Lewis, MD of SGU accepts 'Company of the Year' award at the British Renewable Energy Awards.

Technical Excellence

Our continued investment in back-end systems has ensured seamless transitions when taking on new sites. We have developed a robust sign-in system that allows us to carefully vet and classify engineers and visitors, ensuring adherence to strict health and safety protocols.

ISO Certifications

We maintained our ISO9001, 45001, and 15001 certifications for the second consecutive year, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and environmental stewardship.

NICEIC Compliance: We secured NICEIC accreditation, reaffirming our commitment to industry-leading standards and procedures. This compliance ensures that our work consistently meets the highest benchmarks.

Image: Board of Directors from NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) visit Hook Valley Solar Farm

Industry Engagement

We hosted the Board of Directors from NextEnergy Solar Fund (NESF) at Hook Valley Solar Farm, showcasing our dedication to maximizing biodiversity across our portfolio. This visit highlighted our commitment to transparency and communication with all stakeholders.

Image: Darren Lewis (left) and Stuart Spiers (right) co-MDs SGU at Solar & Storage 2023

S&S Storage Exhibition

We participated in the S&S Storage exhibition, showcasing our cutting-edge solutions and reaffirming our position as a leading provider of O&M services. The event provided an opportunity to connect with industry peers and explore new opportunities.

Looking Ahead

As we move forward, we remain committed to our core values of communication, transparency, and honesty. We are confident that by upholding these principles, investing in our people, and embracing innovation, we will continue to achieve remarkable success in the years to come. Our ultimate goal is to become the UK's premier O&M provider, and we are dedicated to making this vision a reality.

Here's to an amazing 2024.


Managing Director

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Darren is responsible for all operational aspects of our service provision. This includes site survey, workflow, training and the assessment, onboarding and development of our contract partners. With 20 Years in Electrical Installation and PV, there is a huge amount of industry change that he has been an integral part of and his approach is that every day brings a new opportunity for further process improvement.

Our Story

We have a proven O&M solution that has been supporting the industry as a hidden partner for over 20 years, combined with a the revolutionary workflow that we have developed and an agile UK wide team of O&M Engineers.​

We'd love to tell you more.


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