A Cardiff business has won a sustainability award for its work in Penarth.

Channel Electrical Systems claimed top spot in the Best Use of Renewable Energy in a Project category of the Making Better Homes Awards, an initiative by national builders’ merchant Jewson.

The award recognises Channel Electrical Systems' significant contribution to Oak Court in Penarth, where they installed solar panels in more than 40 individual homes.

This initiative notably helped elderly residents save on their energy expenses.

Channel Electrical Systems edged out stiff competition from Castlethorpe Homes, who were given a Highly Commended recognition award for their project, The Paddocks.

NR2 Community Builders clinched the third spot with their project, Forest House.

Rob Lewis, lead project manager, Channel Electrical Systems, said: "We are overwhelmed to have won in the Jewson Making Better Homes Awards, it's fantastic.

"It's been a busy year, with a lot of projects, but Oak Court was one we were particularly proud of, so we're delighted it's been recognised."

He expressed appreciation to Allume Energy and Wales & West Housing Association for their collaborative efforts on the project.

"Most of all thank you to our incredible team at Channel Electrical," he added satisfactorily.

Nicola De Sousa, central director for the Federation of Master Builders, part of the judging panel, praised Channel Electrical Systems' project for its innovative approach to shared renewable energy.

De Sousa said: "Channel Electrical Systems’ project showcased a remarkable approach to shared renewable energy – something which has clearly resonated with the public.

"Not only did Channel Electrical Systems offer residents a new approach to energy, but they have made a directly positive impact on the challenge of fuel poverty – something which rings true across the country.

"Their work is commendable, and they deserve to celebrate."

The Making Better Homes Awards, which debuted in 2023, pays tribute to industry leaders who go the extra mile ensuring homes are not only energy efficient, but also safe and comfortable.

The contest received considerable participation, with all entries whittled down to a 'top three' per category.

Categories included Best Use of Renewable Energy in a Project, Best Building Fabric in a Project, and Sustainable Project of the Year.

A panel of judges comprising members from the Federation of Master Builders and charity Band of Builders shortlisted the entries in February.

However, the final decision was left to the public.