Saving cash and the planet with barn panels

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A SPALDING farmer is now making all of its own energy after installing solar panels on top its barn.

Eddie Whitfield’s Bank House Farm, off The Delph, now not only makes much of the energy it needs for its own operations through a 63kwp photovoltaic solar power system on its barn, but also generates income by selling energy from the Government’s Feed In Tarriff.

The panels were installed by Bourne-based Lark Energy, with 216 panels put on initially and then a further 57 added to increase the capacity.

The installation will produce electricity from daylight, generating useable power even on cloudy days. Over a full year the system will produce 52MWh and could save the farmer over £2,500 each year from electricity bills as well as generating extra cash.

Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, commented: “This type of system, with a guaranteed return on investment, is proving to be of increasing interest to farmers. Barn roofs are an ideal location for PV panels.”

Mr Whitfield said: “We are gaining both through cutting our own power bills and making money from the Feed In Tariff – and at the same time we are helping the environment by taking our power from a renewable source.”