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Hull gets the green light in UK renewables first

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Ciralight UK has completed its first UK commercial active skylight project after a groundbreaking deal with Hull City Council and KWL, the principal and installing contractor.

In a further sign of the Humber’s growing reputation as a green energy centre of excellence, 28 of the large active skylights are now cutting energy bills and reducing carbon emissions at the council’s Stockholm Road maintenance depot, East Hull.

“This is part of our ongoing commitment to bringing in new, green energy and renewables technologies and shows that we are at the forefront of championing genuine alternatives to the status quo,” said Cllr Phil Webster.

“The Stockholm Road facility was a natural choice because of the potential for improvement to the working environment, but Ciralight’s active skylights are also applicable to other facilities in the council property portfolio including leisure and recreation buildings.”

Steve Parkinson of Ciralight UK said: “Embracing this new technology will help the council to reduce energy consumption and also means reduced carbon emissions, a smaller carbon footprint and greater sustainability.”

The installation follows the trial of a Ciralight UK active skylight in Ings Road Library, Hull, a council approval process and an endorsement by Martin Budd, council environment and climate change adviser.

The active skylights are used widely through the US and have already been successfully launched into continental Europe with installations in buildings such as Amsterdam International Airport and Caterpillar’s HQ in Belgium.

“We’d also like to give a special thank you to the KWL team, especially Kevin Redmore, managing director, for their first class delivery and installation,” added Mr Parkinson.

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