Norcrot Energy has just completed a solar panel installation at Ranah Stones Farm, a Camping and Caravanning Club conveniently located just 100 yards from the Tour de France race route.
Ranah Stones is a livestock farm with an interest in conservation. They have been working with the RSPB, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, for some years to create a sustainable habitat for wading birds.
The latest development in their drive to a more sustainable farm is to generate their own electricity using solar panels. Solar PV technology converts energy from the sun into electricity. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced.
Ed Cockburn, partner in the Farm said, “We’re always looking for a way to reduce overheads and become more sustainable. Solar panels gave us the opportunity to do this whilst reducing our carbon footprint at the same time.”
Norcroft Energy installed an 18.75kW solar system at Ranah Stones Farm, a total of 75 Trina panels.
The five van site has been developed to provide hard standing and electric hook ups, now solar powered, and an adjoining 10 acre rally field bordered by 4 acres of ancient woodland with panoramic views over the moors.
Philip Mosley, Managing Director at Norcroft Energy said, “Now is a good time to install solar panels as you have the whole summer to generate maximum energy. Ranah Stones Farm can now benefit in three ways from Solar PV technology. First, they have the reliability of generating their very own power – a big consideration with energy prices continuing to increase. Secondly, they can make a profit with their guaranteed Feed in Tariff payments, and thirdly they can make more profit on the Export Tariff.”
Philip continued, “We are very excited that this year the route through Yorkshire takes athletes through Huddersfield and Holmfirth. Ranah Stones Farm is a great location for people to stay for the Tour de France, with fantastic views over the Moors. The tour de France is set to pass by over 1,000 solar panels installed by Norcroft Energy and it’s only fitting that Ranah Stones Farm now has them too.”
Ranah Stones Farm joins a number of homes and businesses 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.
Ed added, “Norcroft provided friendly, down to earth, quality service giving us time to absorb the information and data provided without the pushy sales tactics used by others. Our next step will be to look at biomass boilers and we will have no hesitation in approaching Norcroft again.”