Caplor Energy Helps Herefordshire Agricultural Business Go Green
- Published: Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:18
A well-respected Herefordshire agricultural business is reaping the rewards from one of the County’s largest solar PV installations under an innovative new scheme developed by leading renewable energy company, Caplor Energy.
Caplor Energy completed its 140kWp solar system this week, spanning a roof area the equivalent of 6 tennis courts at Ditton Farm – a large poultry and arable business near Ross-on-Wye. It is expected that the entire system will generate over 100,000 units of green electricity each year, saving over 60 tonnes of carbon emissions.
The Ditton Farm project is part of a new Caplor Energy scheme introduced to allow commercial businesses the option to host solar PV systems on their premises whilst providing vastly reduced electricity bills. At any point over a 20 year period the business can buy back the renewable energy system, thus maximising the financial returns for the company and providing a totally flexible ‘try before you buy’ approach.
Ditton Farm owner, Mark Green says: “Installing solar PV on our agricultural buildings makes great economic sense. A large part of our business involves storing potatoes in cold stores during the summer months, so it makes perfect sense to use solar generated electricity to provide the power for keeping the stores cool. It will greatly reduce our electricity costs and will help provide us with energy security for the next 20 years and beyond.”
Caplor Energy has installed the 560 Trina 250w panels over the last two weeks. Jamie Baldwin, Business Development Manager at Caplor Energy says: “It’s been a great achievement to design and install such a large solar PV system to a really tight deadline. It goes to show that the solar energy market in the UK is still very much alive and kicking. We’re experiencing a lot of interest in our new finance scheme for local businesses, and are anticipating several more schemes of this nature in the coming months.”
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