£165k Africa export order for Leeds solar power business

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£165k Africa export order for Leeds solar power business
Xerogrid founder Ian Emberton at a solar power project in Ghana

Leeds renewable energy business, Xerogrid, has secured an export order worth £165,000 with eHealth Africa to supply solar systems to mobile clinics in Nigeria.

Headed by founder and MD Ian Emberton, Xerogrid specialises in fitting solar and wind power in difficult to reach locations that are off the mainstream power grid.

The business, which was launched in 2015, has installed solar panels in locations in Spain and the UK, as well as in Ghana, enabling people in rural areas to become self-sufficient and end reliance on generators.

The contract for eHealth Africa will facilitate semi-mobile, non-permanent health centres in Nigeria to deliver vital health services and supplies to remote cut-off communities, powered by their own solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The charity is renowned for its high-tech approach and employs big data in the fight against diseases such as malaria, and to prevent disease and infection outbreaks from spreading.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to put the power of solar energy to an excellent use that will create massive health benefits for people in many inaccessible Nigerian communities,” said Ian Emberton, who is a member of the Leeds City Region exporting network ExportExchange.

He added: “Through our involvement with ExportExchange we have also begun to carry out our own freight forwarding, which means we can ensure consistent contact and excellent communication with the client throughout the whole export process, which is particularly important with overseas sales.”

ExportExchange is backed by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the Department for International Trade, and a number of private sector export specialists.