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The engineering firm bringing a new kind of energy to Diss




A Diss maintenance firm specialising in renewable energy is preparing itself for what promises to be a busy few months after seeing a boom in business during lockdown.

As the Government continues to invest millions of pounds to fulfil its pledge to bring carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, Four Wood Services continues to grow in order to keep up with the uptick in demand for renewable energy supplies.

Founded in 2016 by 36-year-old James Long, from Dennington, and 37-year-old Craig Coe, from Stradbroke, the company has grown quickly.

Brett Baber and James Long of Four Wood Services, who maintain commercial renewable energy sites, such as solar farms. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Brett Baber and James Long of Four Wood Services, who maintain commercial renewable energy sites, such as solar farms. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

In September, the business had to move from its original home in Framlingham to Vince’s Road in Diss to accommodate its now 36-man team of engineers, auditors and other specialists, as well as manage the surge in demand for solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources.

Director Brett Baber, who joined the firm last year, explained how a dearth in specialised, highly-trained experts had forced a drive towards smaller, third-party firms, such as Four Wood.

“We’ve grown exponentially,” said the father-of-three. “We’ve exceeded our own expectations of what we could achieve.

“I think there’s a national shortage of electrical engineers in the industry, because of all the training that people have to go through, which means that businesses are coming to us.”

While specialising in maintenance of solar energy sources, the firm cover all forms of renewable energy, from wind turbines to the growing demand for EV charge points, which are used for electric and hybrid vehicles.

At the heart of the business, however, is an earnest desire to help the country transition to renewable energy over the coming years, added Mr Baber.

“We are there to help people, and we want to help the UK make the switch to renewable energy,” said the 41-year-old.

You can visit Four Wood Services' website by clicking here.



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