Opticare Opticians invests in solar energy

The independent opticians is installing solar panelling in all four of its practices

Opticians shop front
A Midlands-based independent optical group has had solar panelling installed as it seeks to reduce its environmental impact and ensure that it has its own renewable energy source.

The panelling has been installed on the roofs of all four practices of Opticare Opticians over the last week.

Speaking about the investment, optometrist and partner of Opticare Opticians, Shaimil Shah, told OT that the business has been taking steps to reduce its plastic waste in practice over the last few years and ensuring that it has a renewable energy source was the next obvious step.

Acknowledging the large outlay, Mr Shah said: “Statistics report that by 2050, everything should be 100% renewable. For our business, now is the right time to try and make a difference as we look to ensure the practices are future proofed for the long-term.”

He added that while it will take time for the practice to benefit from its renewable energy source, he hoped that it is a saving that can be passed on to Opticare Opticians patients in the future.

The independent decided to invest in solar panels after a director saw the first-hand benefits that it could after having them installed at his home in 2018.

Opticare Opticians also supports customers in recycling their contacts lenses and has introduced recycling points across its practices. “Our patients expressed an interest in being able to do this and since they were introduced, we have collected a lot,” Mr Shah shared.

Mr Shah added: “Whether you are a small practice or a big practice, we should all be doing our bit to help the environment and it’s important to show our patients that we are doing this too.”

Opticare Opticians was established in 1991 and today has practices in Newark, Anstey, Birstall and Sileby.