The CEO of a Pembrokeshire-based renewables company has won a prestigious award for his pioneering work developing low energy affordable housing.
Glen Peters, CEO of Western Solar Ltd. in Glanrhyd, was named as Eco Entrepreneur 2015, one of the much sought after Entrepreneur Wales Awards.
Western Solar, set up in 2011, is pioneering the development of low energy affordable housing using a new technique based on manufacturing homes from local sustainable timber. Its flagship site, Pentre Solar, currently under development at Glanrhyd , will provide six affordable homes this coming summer.
“I’ve got a wonderful team of people to thank for this award,” said Glen Peters. “Their commitment and innovation to sustainable methods of building homes is remarkable. By working for this company you buy into the 360 degree ethos of creating a better world to live in.
“This is only the beginning. Our vision for the future is to replicate this solar hamlet all over rural Wales to elevate the chronic shortage of affordable housing. The only thing standing between us and achieving our vision is the availability of affordable land.”
Assembly Member Joyce Watson, who recently visited Western Solar and praised it in the Welsh Assembly as “One of the most innovative companies in Wales,” was delighted to learn of Dr Peters’ award.
Francesca Russell, Entrepreneur Wales Awards Founder, commented: “The Entrepreneur Wales Awards focus on the entrepreneur, not just the business balance sheet. We’ve asked our nominees how they got to where they are today? What journey did they have to take? What did they learn? Where are they going next?
“Because we don’t simply look at the cash flow of a business, the Entrepreneur Wales Awards has received entries from a variety of entrepreneurs, young, old, big and small – we’ve loved reading their stories. The quality has been overwhelmingly high and the judges had a tough job on their hands.”