APHC member Andy Buchan received a national award for "˜An Individual who has made an Outstanding Contribution to the Renewable Energy Industry at the recent Renewables Awards held at the Ricoh Arena. This Award is the latest in a list of Awards for Andy and his company A J Buchan in Gloucestershire. Andy has become something of a trailblazer in the renewable field and his expertise has been recognised by his inclusion on APHCs All-Party Parliamentary Sustainability Group where he has engaged with civil servants, MPs and Ministers in an effort to bring coherent sustainability policies to the UK.Andy, who is also a member of APHCs Competent Persons Scheme, has been in business for 31 years but began down the renewable route in 2004, when he went on Worcester Boschs first solar training course.
Arriving as a sceptic, he left hooked.He set up the Cotswold Efficient Energy Centre, which acts as a showroom and also a showcase for sustainable technology, with its working demonstrations of all the main renewable technologies. It has been visited by thousands of customers as well as schools, colleges, architects and MPs amongst others.Andy commented: "Im delighted and surprised to receive this Award. So much has happened in the seven years since I went on that solar course, and gradually sustainable technologies are becoming mainstream.
Five or six years ago, the type of people who came to us wanted to save the planet; today, they want to save the money in their back pocket."Installers in their 20s, 30s and 40s are now well aware that they are facing a very different future and are going to have to come out of their comfort zones working in traditional fields, and embrace new technologies. The work is out there. We only work within a 50 mile radius but my staff of 23 have been busy all year and we havent installed a single gas or oil boiler."