Queen commissioned engineer, 80, to install solar panels at Balmoral – Daily Mail

Queen commissioned engineer, 80, to install solar panels at Balmoral – Daily Mail

A man who told the Queen he was a solar panel engineer when she asked him ‘and what do you do?’ was stunned when she paid him to install some on Balmoral Castle.

Businessman George Goudsmit, 80, of Forres, Moray, met Her Majesty at an event on the Isles of Scilly in 2015 and had a ’20 second’ conversation with her.

When she asked him what he did, he told her that he made solar panels – and she mentioned she had thought about having them at her Scottish residence.

Mr Goudsmit, managing director of AES Solar, was shocked when he was later commissioned to install panels at Balmoral, the Queen’s estate in Aberdeenshire.

He and his team carried out a survey and put the panels on a large estate house there – and there are now even discussions of installing them at Buckingham Palace. 

Solar panel engineer George Goudsmit, 80, is managing director of AES Solar in Forres

George Goudsmit, 80, of Forres, Moray, met the Queen at an event on the Isles of Scilly in 2015

Mr Goudsmit, who has worked in the solar industry for 30 years, said: ‘I am always on the look out to find interesting projects – and I can definitely say this is one of the best ones we’ve found. This was such big thing for me and our company. 

‘Solar energy and renewables is what I go for and push anytime and anywhere, to get as much renewables into the world as possible.

‘There was talk of renovating Buckingham Palace but it all came to a halt when the pandemic hit.

‘Hopefully this will be something to discuss in the future now that we have already worked with the Royal Family.’ 

Mr Goudsmit met the Queen at a function on the Isles of Scilly to celebrate the success of his daughter’s business, Little Island Chocolate.

He said: ‘She asked what I did and I told her I make solar panels. As she walked away she turned around and said, ‘maybe I should have solar panels at Balmoral’.’

Mr Goudsmit’s team carried out a survey and put panels on a large estate house at Balmoral

George Goudsmit and his team celebrate 40 years of AES Solar in 2019 in Forres, Moray

Mr Goudsmit, who recently received a lifetime achievement award at the Solar and Storage Awards, waited two weeks before chasing up the potential business opportunity.

He said: “You don’t slip your business card to the Queen, so I waited two weeks – but nobody contacted me so I wrote to Buckingham Palace.

“By return post, they wrote back with an appointment to go to Balmoral to measure up and see what we could do.”

Mr Goudsmit and his team carried out a site survey at Balmoral Estate four years ago. He said: ‘We measured them up and met …….

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