ABOUT US

Founded in 1999, the Ecolution Group provide renewable energy and property maintenance services to the commercial and housing sectors. We offer a 360⁰ service from supply, specialist renewable installation, maintenance and asset management as well as finance and funding options. Our dedicated in-house team design, supply, install and provide maintenance for all your property’s needs. Our services ensure system optimisation and maximum savings for each client.

We are at the forefront of technology, helping save you money through alternative technologies. Whether it’s an energy solution from scratch or need faultless monitoring and maintenance, Ecolution has the knowledge and expertise to deliver superior solutions for any energy needs.

#JOINTHEECOLUTION a revolutionary new movement designed to turn every home and building in the UK into a virtual, green power station. We want to give every home and business owner the choice to generate and store their own power at a highly affordable price – and it’s set to transform the energy market. Are you ready to #JOINTHEECOLUTION?

Company timeline


Cel-F Solar Systems Limited

Cel-F Solar Systems Limited

Ecolution began as Cel-F Solar Systems Limited renewable technology installation subcontractors operating within the commercial and domestic markets. We installed everything from solar PV, solar hot water, heat pumps, wind turbines, ventilation and heat recovery system within the South East. Starting as a small company, we had just 5 members of staff based in our very first office in Kemsing with only 3 vans of engineers out on the road completing the installations.

1999

Launch of the Ecolution Brand

Launch of the Ecolution Brand

As our business continued to grow we decided to rebrand and reinvent the company as we started our journey into new markets and larger prospects, Cel-F Solar Systems Limited soon became the well-known Ecolution brand. Our business model remained the installation of renewable systems however as our business continued to grow we started to target larger scale projects including the new build industry. We expanded our services nationwide, in order to keep up with the increasing number of projects each month our team also grew to 15 office staff and 5 vans of engineers.

2004

Joint venture with HaWi UK

Joint venture with HaWi UK

Our distribution business began when entering into a joint venture with HaWi UK, German based solar photovoltaic distributors. They were seeking to move into the UK market so it made sense to partner with a leading UK solar installation company like Ecolution due to our knowledge and experience within the market. As the company diversified into different aspects of the renewable market we dramatically increased our customer base as we were now selling to other renewable installation companies across the UK.

2011

New offices; Ecolution House

New offices; Ecolution House

As our company diversified we soon outgrew our East Park office and moved into our current head office based in West Malling, Kent. Ecolution House is a great location for us providing larger office spaces and warehousing for both our installation and distribution companies. Being a renewable energy based company it is our aim to ensure that we operate in a sustainable manner which is why when first moving into our brand new offices we installed a 10 kWp solar photovoltaic system which not only helps reduce our businesses running costs but most importantly helping us offset C0₂ each year.

2011

The launch of Ecolution Products

The launch of Ecolution Products

After initially partnering with HaWi UK to start up our venture into renewable distribution we decided it was time to continue this journey on our own which is when Ecolution Products was born. We launched a brand new website complete with an integrated solar PV design tool.

2012

Expanding our warehousing

Expanding our warehousing 2013

The launch of Ecolution Energy Services

The launch of Ecolution Energy Services

After the success of our distribution company we became hungry to further expand the Ecolution Group, we quickly identified that there was a gap in the market for renewable technology maintenance, hence, Ecolution Energy Services was born. It was apparent that many customers with renewable systems were unaware or unsure of how to go about registering them for government incentives which is why as part of an additional service our team have been helping users with their Feed-In Tariff (FIT) payments.

2013

Growing our green fleet

Growing our green fleet

As part of our sustainability policies, Ecolution is always striving towards a zero carbon future which is why we have continued to grow our green fleet of cars, helping us to reduce our employee’s carbon emissions each day on the road.

2014

The launch of Ecolution Electrical

The launch of Ecolution Electrical

Since 1999, Ecolution have provided electrical contracting as part of our package when tendering for renewable installations. However, due to the ever increasing demand we strategically choose to branch off this area of the company to launch our Ecolution Electrical. We now have a dedicated team of specialists focusing on the high quality electrical contracting allowing us to not only increase the value of contracts we can now look after but also improve our quality of service.

2015

Named one of the 100 faces of a vibrant economy by Grant Thornton

Named one of the 100 faces of a vibrant economy by Grant Thornton

Ecolution were selected as one of the 100 faces of a Vibrant Economy for our role in shaping a more purposeful, innovative and socially responsible business environment. For us, a vibrant economy is about businesses that grow fast, invest in the future talent and make a difference.

2016

Additional Offices - Ecolution Barn

Additional Offices - Ecolution Barn

Check out our shiny new offices with an outstanding view of the countryside. As our Group expanded we soon outgrew our main office, we quickly renovated a unit next door to our second warehouse Ecolution Barn. This tactical move gave us additional space to further expand and also meant we could keep all our in-house workforce within just a 5-minute drive of one another.

2016

New Fleet Of Vans

New Fleet Of Vans

At Ecolution A-class service takes priority and as we continue to grow and expand we aim to ensure that we remain at the forefront of providing the highest quality of service available. To ensure we are able to present our customers with the best of everything, including our fleet of vans, we are proud to announce we have just signed another contract for more new vehicles in 2018 to further expand our fleet!

The new vehicles are supplied by Renault, which is a partnership we have valued for many years and are proud to be working with them once again. This continued partnership will aim to improve efficiency, productivity and sustainability in all services provided by Ecolution with the help of Renault

2017

New Office Opened In Norwich

New Office Opened In Norwich

Ecolution Energy Services are pleased to announce that we have accommodated brand new offices situated in Hethel, Norwich! These state of the art offices are based at the Hethel Innovation Centre and we are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity of working in the epi-centre of innovation excellence in Norfolk. Ecolution Energy Services is constantly growing and with this expansion, it is just the latest in our long line of development and improvements we are making to our business this year.

2018

Meet the directors


Kevin Knapp

Group CEO

Kevin Knapp co-founded Ecolution in 1999, with over 30 years’ experience in electrical engineering and contracting, after starting his career in accounting, Kevin is a technical expert with great commercial and financial awareness.

Kevin has faced challenges and lessons learned from growing a group of SME renewable focussed from start-up and identified the need for new energy efficient technologies in construction. After deploying these more than 16 years ago Kevin has set the Group in great stead for further growth.

Together with his brother, Andrew, Kevin engages his team through hard work, dedication, great communication and maintaining a great sense of fun in the business Kevin is a great visionary, seeing opportunity at every corner, he sees a great future for renewable technologies and is passionate about.

“I enjoy playing a round of golf at the weekends and supporting my favourite football team, Chelsea. In my free time, I love spending time with my family taking long walks in the woods with our dogs.” ​

Andrew Knapp

Group CEO

Andrew Knapp co-founded Ecolution in 1999, he is a dynamic Operations Director, who is quietly insightful and decisive in acting to move the business forward.

A technical expert in plumbing and contract delivery by background, with over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry. Andrew is an inspiring leader who is driven by seeing his people grow and has gone to great lengths to ensure that the Group invests in its people and that career pathways are clear with success stories celebrated. Andrew’s a hands on director, often spending days on site working alongside our engineers.

Andrew is philanthropic and sees an opportunity to eliminate fuel poverty through renewables whilst still delivering a commercial offering.

“I’m an avid Chelsea supporter who enjoys staying active by running and hiking as well as a few games of golf here and there.”

Mike Shipp

Energy Technologies Managing Director

Mike started with the business in 2006 after completing a mechanical apprenticeship with a high-end plumbing and heating contracting company also founded by Andrew/ Kevin. In 2006 the decision was made to focus more on the renewables aspect of the group of which saw Mike work his way up through the business soon becoming Shareholder and Operations Director.

Mike has over 15 years’ experience in the construction market and has been central to building a structure that ensures Ecolution maintains its reputation as a turnkey market leader in renewable energy for both the construction and maintenance sectors. Mike has worked in all areas of the group giving him a great understanding of the businesses challenges and opportunities.

He is keen in maintaining the Ecolution ethos which revolves around the traditional values of hard work, team ethic, honesty and giving 100%. Mike is always looking for opportunities to develop new products and services and expand on Ecolutions existing offerings.

“I’m keen on keeping active i.e. football, gym, skiing, golf (summer only!!), socialising with family and friends in my spare time and love travelling to different parts of the world. I’m a Spurs fan to the disappointment of the other directors!

Ian Ransom

Sales Director

Ian started with the business in 2006 and has now been with the company for over 10 years having started as an Electrician and has held a number of positions since then from Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Commercial Manager and now Sales Director for both Ecolution Renewables and Energy Services.

Ian specialises in new business development and major market expansion. Combining entrepreneurial drive with business-management skills to drive gains in revenue, market share and profit performance.

Paul Bradbury

Energy Services Managing Director

Paul started with the business in 2006 and has now been with the company for over 10 years having started as a Plumber (Mike Shipp’s lad to be precise!) and has held a number of positions since then from Senior Engineer, Contracts Manager and Operations Manager for both Ecolution Renewables and Energy Services.

Having worked in many different areas of the company has given Paul a thorough understanding of the company and the industry itself and with his continued dedication and creativity, we hope to continue to build our business both as a group and within our individual sectors.

Alongside the other directors Paul works to ensure we have a business that is unique and full of opportunity for further growth within the UK!

“Working in such a unique industry is both rewarding and dynamic which is what motivates me to push myself and encourage the Ecolution team to deliver the best possible service of work each day. Doing so allows us to continuously produce high quality, innovative ideas to diversify whilst still maintaining the values of our family company heritage. I am entirely grateful for every opportunity given to me by Ecolution and look forward to utilising this next opportunity and milestone.”

Our values



PROJECTS WE ARE INVOLVED IN

GREENSOUL

Pilot scheme aiming to change living behaviours to become more environmentally aware.

GreenSoul was founded to improve user awareness of energy consumption. The project aims to prove that behavioural modification recommendations can result in an energy saving of more than 20%. The project is being rolled out in 6 pilot buildings in Spain, Greece, Austria and the United Kingdom.

The GreenSoul project will design an develop and integrated ICT platform with their primary purpose being to study the ecological behaviour of building users in shared environments and analyse the effectiveness of a variety of persuasive techniques.

As one of the six businesses with a pilot building we will be looking at the energy consumption of residents throughout an apartment building. During this 3-year process we will investigate whether it is possible to change people’s behaviour and encourage them to save energy with the implementation of a monitoring device that measures how much energy they use and save over time.

MCS STANDARDS

Certified installers ensuring high standard solar panel installations.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is a nationally recognised quality assurance scheme. It certifies microgeneration techniques used to produce heat and electricity from renewable sources. Those certified have passed the competency test that demonstrates they provide a quality of goods and that the customer is protected against a miss-selling or misleading sales techniques. Without an MCS accreditation, your solar panels wouldn’t be able to claim from the feeding tariff.

ECOMOUNT

Our own self-ballasting mounting solutions made from 100% recycled materials.

The ecomount self-ballast mounting range has been developed and manufactured to provide robust, quick-to-install support systems for a growing marketing of consumers installing photovoltaic modules of flat roofs or ground arrays. Made entirely from recycled lorry tyres the ecomount has non-penetrative, flat-roof friendly rubber feet and requires no planning permission for ground-mounted systems.

CHARITIES WE SUPPORT

MURDERED ABROAD

Murdered Abroad is a charity specific for those that live in the UK and whose loved ones are the victims of murder or manslaughter abroad. The support group was founded to support the families left behind after the loss of their loved ones abroad. They’re always working for change to improve this support and is funded by donations and fundraising events.

This cause is very close to one of our director’s hearts with a close family member having founded the charity and we will continue to provide support, you can find their website and Just Giving page below.

DANDELION TIME

Dandelion Time is a charity set up to protect young children traumatised by abuse, neglect or struggling with early life attachment difficulties. They provide practical farm-based developmental activities and therapeutic services to help children overcome these obstacles and to help them develop confidence and self-esteem. Their aim is to improve each child emotional wellbeing so that they are able to lead fuller, happier lives.

Careers


We are always interested to hear from great people who are looking for a different way of life and who feel they might have what it takes to become part of our dedicated team!

If you’re interested in being a part of our team, please contact us on 0330 3247777; alternatively email us at careers@ecolutiongroup.com

“The best part about working here is the fantastic team of people”
“It’s nice to be a part of a growing industry, but actually renewables are really good for the planet which is also motivating”
“In ten years, I’ve made some really good friendships and enjoyed the great camaraderie in the office”


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