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Award Winning Brewery Has Solar On Tap

Church End Brewery in Nuneaton is raising a glass to the successful installation of a new solar PV system that will dramatically cut its production costs.  

The award winning brewery, which also celebrates its 21st year of business, has installed a 15kW system on the company’s roof to provide power to the brewery.  

Installed by renewable specialists TGE Group, the solar installation is expected to generate 12MWh a year giving the business a saving on energy use of over £1000 a year, a 15% return on investment with a 20 year income from the Feed in Tariff.  The system was specifically designed and installed by TGE Group to suit the brewery’s individual needs and the renewable options available to it.

Recognised for its excellent range of beers including the 2014 Great British Beer Festival Champion ‘Fallen Angel’ and medal winning ‘What The Foxes Hat’, it was principally the rising energy costs that spurred the 20-year old brewery to look at renewable options.

Stewart Elliott of Church End Brewery, comments: “The cost of energy has increased dramatically over the last few years and is now one of our greatest business expenses.  By simply making better use of our available roof space we can now generate our own electricity and make some considerable savings.”

Stephen Davies, Director of TGE Group, adds: “Church End Brewery is an ideal candidate for solar PV, where previously unused roof space in now being utilised to generate ‘free power’ for use on site.  The system will help reduce the brewery’s bills and provide an income from the feed-in-tariff that’s paid to those who generate their own power.”

To help organisations source funding for renewable projects, TGE Group has secured a financing deal with Macquarie Lending, where as much as £100m has been made available to fund commercial solar installations free of charge across the region*.

Headquartered in Cheshire, TGE Group provides renewable energy systems for clients in the commercial, agricultural and public sectors.  The company covers renewable energy technologies including solar, biomass and heat pumps and can install single or multiple technologies to help customers reduce energy costs. 

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