This month we talk to HIES member, REST, about all things renewables. We found out their biggest achievement to date, what trends they have noticed in the industry and their predictions for the year ahead.
Introduce yourself – who is your company and what do they do?
My name is Hassan Abdalla, I am the Managing Director for REST. We are a leading, independent, renewable energy company based in the United Kingdom. Specialising in various technologies, REST aims to revolutionise the renewable energy industry by providing affordable and accessible low carbon energy for all.
REST has the first walk in store (renewables showroom) of its kind in the country. We strive on low carbon energy solutions to all through our stores, home visits and our online presence.
We started off as a solar company where most of my experience comes from and due to the ever-increasing growth in renewables, with the introduction of air source heat pumps, new efficient types of heating systems, EV chargers and other energy-saving add-ons, we started to diversify our product range. We are now one of the only companies that offer the various renewable solutions all under one roof.
We are a young and upcoming company looking to make a mark in the industry.
You’ve been a HIES member since July 2019, what made you join HIES?
After doing our homework, we joined HIES because of what they could offer both ourselves in terms of support but also our customers in terms of wrap-round consumer protection. The due diligence process for a HIES application was really stringent which made me feel they do adhere to their high standards.
Moving to HIES was a logical decision due to various reasons but as well as consumer protection, the ability to receive finance options as many lenders only supply HIES accredited members was also important.
So, solar panels and air source heat pumps, what got you into them? Why solar panels and air source heat pumps?
I am passionate about helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint and the impacts we have on our environment; I believe we can all make a significant difference and going renewable is one of the best ways to do that. When I first started off as a solar assessor, I enjoyed selling something I truly believed in, a good product that benefits people with the ethos I believe in.
One of the main reasons I started REST was because I wanted myself and my team to be at the forefront and the future of this industry. Solar is one of the more popular products which we hold immense experience in, but air source heat pumps are the next move towards a cleaner less carbon fuelled country.
Once we have electrified the country, we still need to decarbonise which is where the heat pumps will come in.
Tell us an interesting fact why consumers should be considering solar panels and air source heat pumps in their homes and/or renewable technology in general.
The world is going electric. The UK has made huge carbon emissions goals to help towards our climate change emergency. This involves moving towards all-electric systems homes across the country. Petrol and diesel cars are on their way out and electric is the future of all power.
Solar panel systems have never been cheaper and with new smart technologies coming to the market this has enabled the growth and interest for people future-proofing their homes.
What is your greatest company achievement to date?
Winning 4 national awards at the Energy Efficiency Awards conference after one year of trading. This has allowed us to give customers peace of mind when looking for a renewable energy system.
What do you enjoy the most about working in renewables?
Helping customers reduce their energy bill and making savings that will help secure their energy for the future. By doing this we can support everyone who wants to go a little bit greener. I enjoy that what we are doing collectively makes a huge impact on climate change!
Have you noticed any trends in the renewables industry recently?
People are looking to move towards clean energy sources due to the fact there is more awareness in the media about our current climate situation. There is huge interest in the products now, people are wanting to know more. We have seen increasing growth towards our REST EV programme, people are buying electric cars more and want renewable solutions.
What is your 2020 prediction for the industry?
I believe there will be a new government incentive for solar panels in the near future. Their 2030 and 2050 carbon reduction goals need to be met, and the only way we can do this is by incentivising solar and other renewable products.
And last but not least, what is your go-to Tesco meal deal? One sandwich, one snack, one drink – GO!
Prawn sandwich, cheese and onion crisps, and coke.