2018 celebrates Marlec’s 40th anniversary in the renewable energy industry, we are the longest established in the UK industry and in an almost unique position worldwide. We have remained continuously committed to the use of non-fossil fuels for energy generation and over the last 40 years have attained installations numbering more than 100,000 of our Rutland Windcharger turbines alone. We were a key player in the emerging solar photovoltaic market from 1987 onwards and our solar panel distribution for BP Solar expanded from off grid sales to home PV systems.
Marlec was formed in 1978 in Rutland – the smallest county in the UK – by our founder John Fawkes who subsequently received a Wind Energy Pioneer award from the British Wind Energy Association. As an early-retired successful engineer and businessman he was asked to investigate methods of keeping batteries topped up on farms to operate electric fence units located away from the grid. The solution was the Rutland Windcharger a simple, reliable, quiet and efficient wind driven battery charging generator.