A SOUTH Derbyshire company has been handed a top energy award for helping a church in the area become more eco-friendly.
Mainline Energy, based in George Holmes Way, Hearthcote Road, Swadlincote, has been handed the ‘Best Community Installation’ in the first ever ‘Solar Power Portal Awards’ for its work at St Michael’s Church, in Melbourne.
The firm were praised for its work on a ‘very, very complicated’ project’ that saw the church adapted to make better use of renewable energy sources.
A spokesman for the event said: “Judges said that the Melbourne Parish Church of St Michael represented a fantastic completed project.
“From access challenges, protecting precious artefacts to engaging a specialist stonemason and corralling various stakeholders in to agreeing a project that was, on many levels very, very complicated, the effort and engagement from the whole team at Mainline Energy demonstrated throughout this installation proved a winning combination.
“It is hoped that this will hopefully open the floodgates for similar projects in community buildings of this nature in the future.”
Mainline Energy was first established in 1982 and it was one of the first providers in the UK to offer products from renewable energy sources such as solar, thermal, biomass and air sources.
A spokesman for the firm told the Mail: “Our Mainline team, who were already content to join in the superb atmosphere and meet with other industry professionals at the event, were even more ecstatic to be announced as winners for the community award.
“We took the room by surprise by demonstrating our excitement with cheers from our table.”
Church leaders were described as being ‘extremely happy’ with the changes.