Glasgow-based CCL Energy – one of the UK’s largest distributors of renewable energy systems – has acquired Firefly Solar Generators in a move which will increase the group’s turnover to almost £30 million and pave the way for major expansion.
Staffing is set to increase across the CCL Energy group by 50% to 44 people, with immediate effect and employment is set to rise to 75 people over the next few years.
Set up in 1997, CCL Components 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 more than of £10 million in sales
Renamed as Firefly Hybrid Power, its portfolio of clean energy products will be combined with CCL’s own recently-developed Powerplus range of hybrid power systems. This company will be managed by David Piper, a previous employee of Firefly, who has previous technical and sales experience in the sustainable energy sector.
CCL Energy Director Paul Brooks said: “This acquisition reinforces our ambition to achieve group turnover of more than £50 million – this move bolsters our ability to make that target a reality.
“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.”