K2 England supports a solar panel donation

Solar installation of 4,77 kWp powers up local homeless charity
Photo of Anesco (l-r): Mike Jukes (MJ Electrical & Renewables), Andy Rowbotham (Rexel), Julietta Manzaroli (Anesco), Ian Caren (CEO Launchpad Reading), Sarah Hitchcox (Anesco), Kai Schuebel (K2 Systems), Christopher Weston (Weston & Co Architects).

Solar panel donation powers up local homeless charity

A local charity that is helping tackle homelessness by providing support and advice for those most at risk, has been given a boost. Aldermaston-based renewables developer, Anesco, along with key suppliers, like K2 Systems, and subcontractors, has provided Launchpad Reading with a free roof top solar installation.


In total 18 solar panels have been fitted onto the roof of the charity’s newly built accommodation building. The panels will generate electricity that can be used for lighting, heating and to power appliances, helping to reduce the charity’s energy bills, while improving its carbon footprint. Anesco, electrical wholesaler Rexel, solar equipment specialist K2 Systems and MJ Electrical & Renewables, joined forces to make the donation, with everything from the solar panels, roof mountings and electrical accessories, to the labour and shipping, being provided for free.


Launchpad Reading supports some of the region’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Last year the charity housed and helped 206 people and provided more than 600 people with advice, guidance and support. The charity’s new accommodation building has been designed by Weston & Co Architects and is due for completion in December. 


Ian Caren, CEO Launchpad Reading, commented: “We can’t thank Anesco and the other suppliers enough. The solar panels will make such a difference to us and the individuals we support. The donation of the solar panels will release valuable funds that we can put towards supporting even more people who are in need.”


Sarah Hitchcox from Anesco, who coordinated the donation and heads up Anesco’s charitable trust, commented: “We work with some fantastic suppliers and when we told them about Launchpad Reading and what we were hoping to do, they jumped at the chance to get involved. We’re really grateful to all of them and hope our contribution helps Launchpad Reading continue with its important work, for years to come.”

(Press release of Anesco, 17. October 2018)

Details of donation

  • Anesco: Donated 18 solar pv panels with a combined capacity of 4.77 kWp and project managed the installation.
  • Rexel: Shipped the modules and invertors to the site for free and also supplied all the electrical accessories. A donation worth around £400.
  • K2 Systems: Contributed the roof mounting kits for the solar panels.
  • MJ Electrical & Renewables: Provided free labour for the solar panel installation and certification for it being energised.

More about Launchpad Reading

Opening Doors, Changing Lives: There are many faces of homelessness from rough sleepers to families crammed in temporary poor quality B&Bs or individuals relying on a friend’s floor or sofa. Behind every individual there’s a hidden story. Last year Launchpad Reading helped many people.



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