We are proud to announce that Caplor founder, Gareth Williams has been appointed Vice Chair of Solar Energy UK, as well as Vice Chair of the MCS Charitable Foundation (MCSCF) and director of the MCS company. These recent appointments are in addition to Gareth’s continued leadership of the Caplor Group, as well as his existing roles as environmental advisor to the government BEIS Science Team, member of the NALC Climate Change Group and Chair of the Business Futures Forum.
With ever increasing commitment to the climate emergency by individuals through to the responses of national Government, the need to support the deployment of quality low carbon solutions has never been greater.
Gareth Williams’ appointment at Solar Energy UK forms part of a new look board at the association. Gareth is joined by Matt Black, who will be taking on the role of Chair of Solar Energy UK and Christelle Barnes, UK manager at SolarEdge, taking up the Vice Chair role also.
Solar Energy UK was founded in 1978 as the Solar Trade Association, initially to support the UK’s fledgling solar thermal industry. Later, as solar photovoltaic technologies became prevalent, the association’s remit was expanded to champion the breadth of the solar energy and energy storage value chain.
In 2021, over four decades on, their name was changed to better reflect this broader remit, although the underlying ethos remains the same – to be a powerful voice for their members and clean up the UK’s energy system by catalysing their collective strengths.
The MCS Charitable Foundation carries out work by awarding grants and building partnerships to support innovation that will advance their mission – in the fields of skills, public education, research and zero carbon delivery programmes.
The MCSCF essentially want everyone to have access to affordable and reliable renewable energy – so we can all have warm, comfortable homes as part of a resilient, zero carbon future. By overseeing the MCS Company, which defines, maintains and improves quality standards for renewable energy at buildings scale and by using evidence from the projects, they provide support by lobbying for improvements to public policy.
Gareth has a deep rooted and evolving passion for the sustainability agenda. This has led him to develop from his family farming roots into a diversified rural business that includes a renewable energy business, property rental and farming activity based in Herefordshire.
He sees these appointments as an opportunity to really make a difference to the UK’s contribution towards this important challenge that we’re all facing:
“The reality of global climate change is increasingly accepted, and I am proud to be able to contribute towards the vital work that Solar Energy UK and MCS undertakes to address the challenge.”