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One Stop Hire Take Delivery of Their First KFS Plant & Go Truck

One Stop Hire, the largest independent hirer of power tools in the North West of England, with over 7,500 pieces of equipment available to hire have just taken delivery of their frst Plant & Go truck from KFS.

With a broad spectrum of customers, from the DIY enthusiast through to large regional contractors, One Stop need a vehicle which they could deliver not only general hire equipment, but also light plant, fencing, and scafold towers.

The Plant and Go truck as wel l as being able to transport all of the above within a 3.5 ton vehicle , ofered excellent fuel economy, safe working height when loading and unloading and anyone within the organisation can drive it making the truck extremely fexible.

Steve Hitchen Managing Director at One Stop Hire commented, We had been considering the KFS product for some tme but were unsure about moving away from the traditonal Ford Transit fted with a tail lif. Ian Knight (KFS Special Vehicles Ltd) was kind enough to call in with a demonstrator and ofered us contact details of existng users all of whom had nothing but praise for the truck. Initial feed back from everybody has been excellent so we are excited about putng the vehicle into service and possibly looking at further units for our 8 depots.

For more informaton: KFS Special Vehicles

One Stop Hire

Kier Harlow introduce solar panel scheme

Harlow residents will see their electricity bills drastcally reduced as a result of a new solar panel scheme introduced by Kier Harlow. Savings of up to £190 a year per household are expected once it is completed in March 2012.

Funded by Kier’s project investment arm and with the design and materials for the scheme supplied by Kier’s energy solutions team, Kier Harlow will install and then maintain the equipment for 25 years. The Council will be paid ‘roof rent ’ by Kier, which will then be recouped through a system called the Feed in Tarif (FIT). This Government scheme makes payments for every kilowatt of electricity generated through a renewable source.

Each property wi l l be assessed to ensure it is suitable for installation as not all the council housing stock will be able to accommodate solar powered roof panels - in some cases roof condition, overhang by neighbouring buildings, shade from trees or the lack of a south-facing roof mean the panels would not be appropriate.

Kier Harlow operatons director, John Phillips, said: “This is a really exciting project and it is the first fully funded scheme Kier has worked on. This is just the frst phase of the scheme and we have plans to install solar PV panels to further council propertes once this is complete, potentially including council corporate buildings too.

“We plan to give each tenant a full briefing on the benefts of the solar panels and explain how they can maximise their efciency.”

Managing director of Kier ’s energy solut ions arm, Nigel Sheppard, said: “By providing funding, the design and materials along with the installation and maintenance we are able to work stronger together to deliver one soluton for a client.”

Portfol io holder for Harlow housing, Cl lr Cl ive Souter, said: “This is a very progressive deal for Harlow. It means residents get cheaper bills while we make big cuts in our carbon footprint. The important thing is that it has no cost to our tenants and minimal disrupton as it takes just one day to install panels that will deliver cheap electricity for quarter of a century.” [CW]

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