Solar Panel Installation Case Studies
The Wiston Estate Winery Case Study: 200 Solar Panels Successfully Installed
Keen to improve their energy efficiency and cut their carbon footprint, a producer of English sparking wines in West Sussex has installed a large solar PV system.
Wiston Estate is now generating its own renewable energy and thanks to its solar panels should be able to save around 561 tonnes of carbon emissions over the lifetime of the scheme.
The winery in the South Downs was established in 2008 and boasts a 16-acre vineyard. Owned by the Goring family since 1743 Wiston Estate is currently run by Harry and Pip Goring who have managed the estate since the 1970s. Committed to the conservation and preservation of their land the couple were keen to upgrade their facilities in a sustainable way to safeguard the estate for future generations to come.
Southern Renewables was commissioned to install a 50kWp solar PV system onto the roof of the estate’s grain store, which was identified as the best possible site to house the large 200 panel array due to its south facing aspect.
Based in Lindfield West Sussex, Southern Renewables works to provide renewable energy solutions to a wide client base including public and community-based customers as well as commercial and domestic consumers.
Commenting on the solar installation at Wiston Estate, managing director Bradley Carr said: “Working with the Wiston Estate has been a real pleasure from start to finish.
“Not only due to the overall beauty of the estate but primarily because of the progressive, forward thinking and positive outlook of the landowners.”
It is estimated that the solar installation will help the winery achieve savings of more than £300,000 on their energy bills over 25 years.
Where: On the winery’s grain store
When: July 2012
Size of system: 50kWp
How many panels: 200
Estimated FiT income: £200,000
The West Susses Stables Case Study: 16 Solar Panels Successfully Installed
In the first of a series of case studies, Solar Guide takes a look at the installation of a solar PV array on a stable block in West Sussex.
Back in September 2011, the owners of a property in West Sussex contacted InstaGen with a view to having solar panels installed on their property. Concern over rising energy bills coupled with help in the form of Government incentives courtesy of the government’s feed-in tariff had fuelled their interest in solar energy.
However, the farmhouse was a listed building and planning permission would need to be sought if the installation was to go ahead. So rather than wasting time waiting for planning permission to be approved, a suitable solution presented itself in the shape of a nearby converted stable block. Situated close to the farmhouse, the small stable block, with its south east facing pitch roof, was ideal for the installation of a 16 panel solar PV array.
- Where: On a stable block in West Sussex
- When: September 2011
- Time it took to fit: 2 days
- How many panels: 16 x 245W
- Estimated annual generation: 3,136kWh
- How long is the payback period: 8 years