I became interested in renewable systems about 10 years ago (2007), when we were building a completely off grid wood cabin. At that time there was very little about and most of that was just beginning development, there were a few firms in the UK that were pioneers in renewable energy such as Proven & Futurenergy. It was also the beginning of the surge in solar rooftop installations, when everyone was trying to claim feed in tariffs of over 43p per unit! Due to the increasing number of companies setting up in the solar installation "gold rush" field, I decided to do a Proven Wind Turbine Installers course in 2008 (it always seems to rain when you are erecting a wind turbine!). From there I concentrated more on the DIY and hardware component side of the renewable energy market, selling and advising on systems for new builds, various projects and self installation, this turned out to be a fairly wise move, as I am still here 10 years later!