Court Farm, Herefordshire
System Size: 221kWp
Generation: 194560 kWh
|Modules||869 x REC 255 PE|
|Inverter||12 x SMA STP-20000 TL EE|
No stranger to renewable energy, our client had already overseen the design and installation of a large anaerobic digester plant at his premises and was encouraged by the successful completion and profitable operation of this plant to look at other renewable options suitable for his farm. Court Farm is very local to us and we were approached with a brief to make best use of his rooftop space on two large poultry units by installing solar pv. The final design of the system was able to fit just over 220 kW of panels on the combined roofspace. With larger systems like this one, the work involved is not just installation; there is close liaison required with the district network operator, in this case Western Power and OFGEM (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) which is responsible for paying feed-in tariff for larger renewable systems of over 50 kW. Larger renewable systems can also benefit from negotiating their own Power Purchase Agreements with an energy supplier of their choice and we were able to help look for the best deal for our client here as well. The work has a fixed timescale in which it has to be carried out due to the time limited nature of the network offer and if this deadline is not met, Western Power can withdraw permission to connect the new system to the national grid.
As the proposed roofs are on working farm buildings, the installation had to be planned around the day to day operations which were ongoing. At certain times whilst the panels were being fitted, the noise levels had to be kept low to avoid stressing the livestock, so it was especially important that our schedule was discussed with the client and farm manager before work commenced to ensure continuity. The rooftop team did a great job in bringing the work in on time and to our high standards and once the paperwork was approved by OFGEM our client is now benefitting from his reduced bills and increased income.