Our Community Solar Accelerator programme contributed a £25,000 grant to T&G Engineering Co Ltd’s 175kW solar PV installation.

T&G Engineering Co Ltd, founded in 1975 is one of Europe’s foremost high precision subcontract machining companies with customers in aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical, can tooling and special purpose machinery sectors around the world.

Tony Smyth, T&G Engineering’s Managing Director, wanted to not only reduce their carbon footprint but also ensure that the business was resilient enough to prevent passing on costs to customers, particularly with the huge energy price increases. He said that “Solar will be crucial in seeing profitability of the business in coming years.”

T&G Engineering Co. Ltd have their premises in West Byfleet and they completed a roof replacement recently, paving the ground for their large solar PV project.

The 175kW solar PV array is expected to generate 152,000 kWh every year. With the extremely high energy prices, the estimated energy bill savings are £108,000 per year which makes the project very profitable with the return on investment being only 1 year- the quickest we have seen so far!

T&G Engineering Co. Ltd are expecting to use 98% of the electricity that will be generated by the solar panels on site which will help towards energy efficient manufacturing.

“It is important that British manufacturing take a lead in reducing energy consumption. This will help raise awareness and encourage others to follow suit.” Tony Smyth, Director

He has been using an energy monitoring app to identify unnecessary energy consumption to reduce wasted energy and improve efficiency.

With the solar PV installation, they are also promoting the benefits of solar to other businesses in the industrial sector where there still seems to be a lot of untapped potential.

Solar Impact in Numbers

Size or Solar PV array:  175 kWp

Predicted production of electricity: 152,000 kWh per year

Predicted cost savings: £108,000 in the first year – this is expected to increase in the following years with increased cost per kWh of electricity.

Return on Investment:  1 year

Grant Amount Received: £25,000

Expected lifetime of the solar PV system: 25-30 years

Carbon Reduction: 53.4 tonnes CO2e* per year

Date of install: Jan 2023


*CO2e calculated with conversion factor of 0.35156kg CO2e/kWh as confirmed with the managing authority.

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