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We distribute simulation software & survey tools for photovoltaic, solar thermal and heat pump design, as well as chimney calculation & climate database software.

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The Solar Design Company Team

The Solar Design Company was founded in 1993 by Chris Laughton. He remains today as the Managing Director trading under a limited company, now based in mid-Wales. Here, he supervises a small team of people located at an old refurbished slate quarry railway building.


Managing Director: Chris Laughton

Chris Laughton

Chris is a well-known author and lecturer in the solar thermal and photovoltaic industries and trainer in solar simulation software. He is a Fellow and Vice-President of The Institute of Domestic Heating and Environmental Engineers (FIDHEE) and Chair of the National Standards Committee for Solar at BSI. He regularly represent UK at attends CEN/CENLEC & ISO technical meetings around the world. He has sat on the MCS steering group and working groups and has been a MCS inspector. He has previously worked with the Berlin-based Renewable Energy Academy (RENAC) in the Middle-East and has been leader of the Centre for Alternative Technology's Graduate School of the Environment (GSE) solar and wood-heating courses. Recently he has given public talks for the Institute of Directors and commercial events around the country. He is an enthusiastic triathlete in his spare time.

Sales & Finance: Gwen Haylock

Gwen Haylock

Gwen has an MSc in Environmental Management and a BSc Hons in Biology from Aberystwyth University. She was awarded a scholarship with RSK Group PLC, an Environmental Consultancy firm based in Chester, and was given the Director's Prize for academic achievement. Since graduation she has worked in land surveying for MW Surveys in Pembrokeshire and volunteered for the RSPB. Gwen is responsible for co-ordinating sales and customer-liaison activities and managing specialised projects. Gwen keeps an very talkative parrot as a pet.