Glasgow-headquartered, CCL Energy Group, one of the UK’s largest distributors of renewable energy systems, has acquired Firefly Solar Generators in a move which will increase group turnover to almost £30 million and pave the way for major expansion.
Staffing is set to increase by 50% to 44 with immediate effect. Employment is set to rise to 75 people over the next few years.
CCL Components, established in 1997, has become one of Europe’s largest distributors of renewable energy systems. Its parent company CCL Energy Group also includes The PowerStore Inc in Dallas, Texas, which gives CCL a platform for growth into both North and South America.
Currently, East Sussex-based Firefly produces hybrid power systems for a variety of sectors, including construction, where its customers include A Plant, Speedy Hire and Aggreko. Over the last three years the company generated in excess of £10m in sales.
Renamed as Firefly Hybrid Power Ltd, its portfolio of clean energy products will be combined with CCL’s own recently developed Powerplus range of hybrid power systems to help the expanded business secure a larger share of the clean energy market. The new company will be managed by David Piper, a previous employee of Firefly, who has significant technical and sales experience in the sustainable energy sector.
Director Paul R Brooks said: “This acquisition reinforces our commitment to Powerplus and the Renewables and Clean Tech sector across the globe. Our ambition is to achieve group turnover of more than £50 million – this move bolsters our ability to make that target a reality.
“Governments and companies are increasingly prioritising improvements in air quality by reducing dependence on fossil fuels used in diesel generators. While the USA and Africa are clear targets, closer to home the UK and Scottish Governments are encouraging low-carbon investment and innovation. There are also growth opportunities for the CCL Energy Group with Firefly Hybrid Power products, both in the UK and beyond.”