April 17, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Advises Businesses Investing in Solar Energy to Cover Themselves Against Theft

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 17, 2012) - Swinton Commercial, one of the UK's leading business insurance brokers, is advising business owners investing in solar energy for their premises to make sure they are covered for theft, after new figures revealed an increase in solar panel thefts.

A survey carried out by an insurer found that there had been a 15% increase in thieves targeting solar panelling between 2009 and 2012 in the UK alone.

The number of businesses investing in solar energy as a power source has continued to grow, with the UK's clean energy investments increasing by 35% during 2011.

In particular, solar-energy experienced a 10-fold increase in Britain during that time, with UK government targets now set to 15% energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.*

With this in mind, Swinton Commercial is advising all business owners who are planning to invest in solar energy to make sure that they inform their insurer, so that the relevant adjustments can be made to their commercial policy.

Swinton Commercial is also offering the following advice to business owners planning to invest in solar panelling at their premises:

  • Hire an experienced engineer trained to industry standards to fit the panels, to minimise the chances of damage being done to the premises
  • Ensure that panels are checked regularly in the months following installation, so that any issues can be rectified quickly
  • Invest in a specialist security system to protect against panel theft

Brian Greenfield, Chartered Insurance Broker at Swinton Commercial, said: "With more and more companies looking to go 'green' with their energy, it is vital that those choosing to invest in solar panelling make sure that their insurer is informed, and that their commercial insurance policy covers them for all eventualities."

*HSB Engineering Insurance

About Swinton Commercial:

As one of the UK's leading commercial insurance brokers, Swinton Commercial has the expertise and industry knowledge to provide you with highly competitive business insurance that's tailored to your needs.

With 34 branches across the UK, including 19 regional centres, Swinton Commercial has quickly established itself as the UK's local broker, offering a dedicated team of advisors with specialist industry knowledge in all sectors.

Your local Commercial Account Executive has an in-depth understanding of the insurance market in your area and will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your business and its specific requirements.

We cater for most types of business - from small start-ups to well-established organisations, comparing quotes from leading UK insurers to find you the right level of insurance, at the right price.

What's more, our award-winning offering has over 80,000 business customers - and we're growing fast.

Visit www.swintoncommercial.co.uk for more information or call 0800 954 2394.

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