Norcroft Energy has recently completed a solar panel installation at Snowden Hill, a family-run buffalo farm at Oxspring near Barnsley.
Snowden Hill has been farming Buffaloes since September 2009, producing and selling Water Buffalo meat, a lean, full flavoured tender red meat. The Buffaloes are well looked after, reared in grassy paddocks, fed on a completely natural diet. Burgers and sausages are produced on the farm and sold at local farmers markets, festivals and agricultural shows.
Snowden Hill were looking to save money on their electricity bills and chose Norcroft Energy to complete a 10kW solar installation.
Commenting on the installation, Rob Battye, farmer at Snowden Hill said, “The main reason we decided to turn to solar pv was to save money on our electricity bills. Since we started retailing the Water Buffalo meat and running a 3-phase cold store 24/7, the amount of electricity used has risen considerably along with price increases. We got two quotes for the work and whilst the quotes were very similar, we decided to go with Philip from Norcroft Energy as we have used him before for other electrical work and he is also a local farmers son so has a good understanding of our business. Philip worked out the size of the system we needed without overselling, and was very easy to talk to.”
Norcroft pulled in a new supply to the barn to run the solar system. They installed 40 Phono solar panels on a south west facing roof.
Rob added, “The engineers who carried out the work were very pleasant, got on with what they needed to do and were very tidy. Norcroft helped us fill out all the paper work and were always on the end of the phone if we needed to get in touch. We would have no hesitation in recommending Norcroft Energy.”
Snowden Hill joins a number of Farms in South Yorkshire that have turned to the sun to generate their own energy. With daily costs of living getting higher and higher, many more are likely to follow suit and look at ways to save on their electricity bills.