Lincoln-based HIT Energy Services has been named the seventh best tech firm in the Midlands.
The solar energy experts work with farmers, agricultural firms, business owners and landowners in rural communities, helping to maintain and develop their Solar PV systems.
In a list compiled by industry magazine BusinessCloud, available to view here, they beat hundreds of other companies in a process that involved a judging stage and a 1,300-strong public vote.
The prestigious Midlands Tech 50 brings together the most exciting innovators in the region from start-ups to established names.
“As a relatively new business, we were really happy to be shortlisted in the top 100,” said Simon Hopkins of HIT Energy Services.
“To make the top 50 at number seven is an incredible achievement and reward for all the hard work our small team has put in over the last few years.
The recognition means we can continue to develop what we offer and help more and more people in rural communities who have invested in renewable energy.”
The company’s aim has always been to make solar power a green, environmentally friendly, reliable form of energy for everyone who has invested in systems.
It was launched by friends who had worked as engineers in the industry at a time when incentives for feeding into the National Grid meant farmers, landowners and businesses were installing panels in fields and on barn roofs.
When many of these started to age, break down or malfunction, costing system owners hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year in lost energy generation, the initial aim was simply to provide repair work.
But through a piece of technology the team developed, they were able to go a step further, and offer to monitor a system on an hourly basis, all year round.
“What this meant was that solar power could be a reliable form of energy for people who had paid millions of pounds in some cases for their systems,” added Simon.
If there was ever a problem again, we would know about it immediately and could send an engineer out before it lost them any money.
“It meant farmers and agricultural firms operating on tight budgets, who relied upon their systems to generate much-needed income need not worry again.”
Solar power ticks all the boxes of being environmentally friendly, renewable, green and reliable, as well as helping businesses to become self-sufficient and generate much-needed funds.
The team has just moved into a new base at Lincoln University and will continue to innovate with some of its most creative minds to help keep farmers and agricultural firms generating as much energy as possible.
Making the Midlands Tech 50 is recognition of how a small company from Lincoln is leading an energy revolution across the country.