Solar panel engineer wins contract with Queen after 20 second chat

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George Goudsmit, 80, met the monarch at a reception and had a brief conversation with her. Having told her he made solar panels, George was shocked when he was later commissioned by Royal officials.

The businessman, managing director of AES Solar, now hopes to win an even bigger contract to install solar panels on the roof at Buckingham Palace as part of a £369million refurbishment project.

George had met the Queen during a reception on the Isles of Scilly, where his daughter runs a business called Little Island Chocolate. 

He said: “As she walked away she turned around and said, ‘Maybe I should have solar panels at Balmoral’.

“We installed solar thermal panels on one of the houses. I am always on the lookout to find interesting projects and I can definitely say this is one of the best ones we’ve found. This was such a big thing for me and our company.”

George, of Forres, near Inverness, said he has now talked to Buckingham Palace about installing solar panels. 

“Hopefully this will be something to discuss in the future now that we have already worked with the Royal Family. It’s about time we took tea again,” he said.

Buckingham Palace said: “Significant effort has been made across the royal residences to reduce the impact on the environment, where we are able.”

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