Irish electrical engineering group, Enersol, has selected the north west of England to establish its first international base, creating up to 30 jobs in the region over the next three years.
The company is set to open a new office at the Energy Innovation Centre in Chester and said that it is keen to train engineers in the region who may have recently lost their jobs.
As well as sourcing local employment, the group will be working alongside Manchester University’s Joule Centre for Energy Research on the development of energy distribution networks that will facilitate connecting energy from renewable sources to the grid.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive at the North West Development Agency (NWDA), said: ‘At a time when many industries are facing difficult economic circumstances, it is encouraging to be part of a success story that will bring up to 30 jobs to the region. Enersol have ambitious plans that will assist in positioning the north west as the leading region in tackling climate change.
‘The NWDA has recently launched a number of initiatives to support the development and installation of low-carbon technologies, encourage low-carbon innovation and support organisations that will help to fulfil the north west’s mission to become the leading region on climate change by 2020.’
Peter Crossley, director of the Joule Centre, added: ‘Enersol is a leading company in the design and engineering of distribution substations and wind farms, and for NWDA to attract them to the Energy Innovation Centre is a tremendous opportunity for the region and the north west universities involved in renewable energy research and deployment.’