With clients ranging from The Queen to the Scottish Parliament, a small company in Forres has been playing a leading role in Scotland’s renewables revolution for more than three decades.
AES Solar is the longest running solar thermal manufacturer in Western Europe, offering a range of bespoke systems to domestic and commercial clients capable of generating heat or electricity.
Such is its reputation, the Moray-based firm’s technology can be found in both Holyrood and Balmoral, The Queen’s private estate in Royal Deeside.
Founded in 1979 as Weatherwise by the late Lyle Schnadt, the company quickly diversified into heating systems for country homes after discovering there was not yet much demand for solar panels.
That all changed when it was bought in 1989 by Dutch businessman George Goudsmit, who changed the firm’s name and decided to focus on solar technology.
While promoting green technology is now a Government-priority north and south of the border, the market …