Dacombes goes green(er) on its zero carbon journey

Wimborne’s oldest independent home electronics store, Dacombes (https://www.dacombesofwimborne.com/), is now harnessing the newest technology, with solar energy powering its extensive array of domestic appliances and home cinemas in its Dorset showroom. Matt Renaut, Dacombes’ Managing Director, noted the significant electricity demand of their operations, likening it to ‘three kettles on the boil all day long.’ 

With energy prices constantly climbing, Matt pursued a green solution by securing a grant from Low Carbon Dorset (https://www.lowcarbondorset.org.uk/). A total of 99 solar panels, creating a 41kw system, were fitted by Ringwood-based Empower Energy. Mark Wingrove, Business Development Manager for Empower Energy (https://empowerenergy.co.uk/) said: "This was a complex project utilising five roof elevations.”  But the challenge was worth it. Matt Renaut says that, even through the poor spring weather, the panels generated enough energy to power the store during its opening hours.

A greener future
Dacombes is now in control of its own energy usage and costs, as well as reducing their environmental impact.  The solar panels are simply the latest in Dacombes climate-conscious technological developments: Matt Renaut has also installed two EV chargers and a Tesla battery; the firm uses a heat pump and energy-efficient lighting and devices throughout its operations. Looking ahead, he is eyeing ‘phase two’ of their green energy initiative, which includes transitioning to electric delivery vehicles.

Locally, Dacombes supports Planet Wimborne's annual Green Festival, running a competition for customers to switch their whole house to LED lighting free of charge.  Dr Neil Smith, one of Planet Wimborne's Directors said, "We are extremely impressed and pleased to see Dacombes take this major investment step to tackle their carbon footprint and wish them every success on their zero carbon journey."

Dacombes’ commitment to sustainability recently earned it a nomination for Best Independent Retailer Focused on Sustainability, Consumer Electronics at the upcoming Innovative Electrical Retailing Awards.

Matt said, "Our aim is total energy self-sufficiency. We’re committed to a sustainable and responsible future, prioritising environmentally-friendly practices for long-term benefits to the planet alongside the significant savings to our business model."

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