What we do
Footprint Zero is an innovative, highly experienced sustainability focussed consultancy and developer. Our objective is to help organisations reduce their carbon footprint by harnessing the power of the sun across a number of environmentally advantageous and commercially beneficial platforms, utilising property and resources predominantly already in-situ.
Essentially, we are a company who recognise, take advantage of and optimise non-revenue producing assets by converting them into green fundable income streams.
Renewable energy, particularly solar energy is at our core.
roof mounted solar
ground mounted solar
How we do it
Many businesses don’t necessarily realise the potential of their plant and assets, so this initial stage is vital for understanding your business and its needs and how you currently operate, via an audit and analysis of your assets and physical estate. This typically includes looking at size, usage, available roof and land space, employee habits, transport and parking, and current energy consumption and spend.
We then develop a feasibility study, business case, project recommendations and budget proposal. Once you’ve agreed to proceed, we then undergo an in depth site survey, from which we produce a structural assessment report, detailed designs and a quotation.
It’s then on to delivery and installation. Although most solar powered products have robust longevity and require little maintenance, Footprint Zero does provide operational care and maintenance as an option for extra peace of mind.
We differentiate ourselves from other providers in the market
Foremost by understanding your operational and commercial needs, and providing a dynamic set of solutions aligned to your type and size of organisation.
We wholly appreciate the need for flexibility and scalability
We have developed products and service options that suit specific business requirements and ambitions, ranging from separate, or fully integrated multi-asset solutions.
We have long established and strong partnerships with third party suppliers
Allowing us fast access to the latest technology and reliable service response and support when required.
The extended Footprint Zero team has over 500 MW of installation experience
Making us one of the most experienced partners in the UK, who you can trust to deliver your solar solution.
We can also bring funding to your project, meaning that the cap ex requirement of an installation need not slow down the commencement of work and energisation of your solar array. Our model is flexible in which at one end of the spectrum Footprint Zero owns and funds the installation and sells the solar at an agreed price via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to the off-taker, or we can simply act as the consultancy , experienced in gaining the approvals and modelling and installing your solar energy opportunities for you to own.
In between these options are multiple hybrids where we are happy to co-own and co-fund a project and share in the revenues derived from the energy we produce, again through a PPA agreement.
As we assess each option together Footprint Zero will provide a clear business model and cash flow forecast to ensure you are well informed to make the decision that is right for you and your business.
Although a new business, the Footprint Zero team has many years working across the public and private sector, both in the UK and internationally.
Within the Footprint Zero leadership team, we have:
Julian Pertwee – Founding Director
Julian has a wealth of experience in the renewables sector, having been a founder of Hive Energy, one of the most successful solar developers in the UK developing 350MW in five years. He was also Chief Marketing Officer and an early investor in Engenie, a company specialising in the rapid charging of electric vehicles (FZ has an introducer agreement in place with Engenie). Julian is a founding director of Circular Carbon, which specialises in the transfer of chocolate waste into energy and biochar, a technology platform which is now being used by one of the world’s largest food manufacturer.
Rupert Harrow – Founding Director
Rupert has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lead in UK and Pan Asia working across a number of leading media brands, including Getty Images, The Economist and Forbes. He specialises in revenue generation, sales planning and execution, strategic acquisitions and product and service integration. His focus is on identifying and analysing growth opportunities, as well as developing and executing our revenue growth strategies, opening doors and increasing market share.
Ben Browne-Clayton, Business Development
Ben has over 25 years pan European real estate experience. From 2013-16 he was Head of Real Estate at Oaktree Capital Management’s pan European NPL asset management platform, a role that encompassed all of the group’s underwriting and asset management activities. He was responsible for €5.5bn of assets under management. Prior to this Ben was Fund Manager of the Westbury Property Fund and led the reverse takeover of Eddie Stobart., becoming Group Property Director of resultant FTSE250 listed Stobart. Starting his career at Hiller Parker where he spent 5 years in Fund Management (now CBRE Global Investors), Ben holds a BA (Hons) in Economics & Economic History and an MA in Property Valuation & Law. He holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
Ian Selbie – Business Development
With over 15 years experience working within the UK commercial property sector, Iain has developed expertise in the alternative and residential markets. Having worked for CBRE and NCP, Iain established Selbie James in 2014 with a key focus on funding and development for build to rent residential, cinema led leisure schemes, car parking, healthcare and sustainability projects. With an extensive property network, Iain is using his relationships to support the expansion of opportunities for Footprint Zero.
Aidan Jackson, Marketing
Aidan is a senior marketeer with 30 years’ experience working in agency and in-house capacities throughout the UK and internationally for a wide range of B2B and consumer companies. He was Group Marketing Director for telco and tech solutions reseller, Alternative Networks plc, for nine years, overseeing the integration and development of its businesses, leading to its acquisition by Daisy in 2017. Most recently, Aidan was Group Marketing Director for the UK’s leading home improvement component distributor, PWS. Aidan specialises in brand development and marketing communication strategies.
Tim Purbrick, Consultant
Tim worked as a consultant for a leading solar farm developer, Hive Energy, for four years, finding solar farm sites, initiating the development and working with landowners, agents, planning agents and DNOs to deliver solar farms from 5MW-49MW. This included finding and initiating the development of a 350MW solar site. Before then he was in the Regular Army and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. Tim has tracked down and recovered stolen plant and equipment and stolen art and antiques on behalf of owners and insurance companies and has worked for his family art dealing business in St James’s.
James Hoare, Engineer
James Hoare is an Engineering Council registered Chartered Engineer (Electrical, Energy & Energy Management) with 32 years’ experience in utility power systems engineering, of which the last 23 have been in renewable energy systems. He undertook a BSc Electrical Engineering Degree at The City University London, and an MBA at The Open University. He has worked for major energy organisations including CEGB (now National Grid), GEC (now Alsthom), ESB International, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and has for last 8 years run LHW Partnership LLP a specialist technical consultancy. James was involved with the grid connection of the UK’s first commercial wind farm at Delabole in 1991, and has been extensively involved with solar PV, since 2000, including off grid, domestic, public sector, commercial and large scale projects. This knowledge covers feasibility, design, project management, O&M and verification and validation. James sits on a number of renewable energy technical advisory panels and is an associate for the BRE National Solar Centre. James holds additional technical expertise in Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal and Energy Management.
Our operations team is highly experienced and has a policy of only working with recognised, trusted and accredited nationwide installers and panel, frame and inverter manufacturers, possessing Tier 1 warranties. We provide both field and virtual support, which continues post sale.
Together, we possess a high degree of commercial aptitude, underpinned by a collectively broad operational and customer focussed pool of knowledge, with a strong track record of project success.