One of the largest solar projects in the UK has been installed on a chicken farm in the Midlands, at a cost £1.2m.
Over 2,300 solar panels were installed on the roof of two massive building belonging to poultry farmer Edward Davies during the project, which stretched a distance of 210metres in total.
The plan includes a one hundred and fifty metre long ground array of 1,200 panels installed on the farm also.
Andy Boroughs, managing director of Organic Energy, who managed the project, said that it was one of the biggest of its kind anywhere in the UK.
“The Ludlow site is the single biggest installation ever created in Shropshire and we believe the Powys array is probably the largest in Mid Wales too,” he said.
He said in total the site produces approximately 433,472kWh each year. As the average poultry house uses between 3,000-4,800kWh per annum he predicted the whole system could generate enough power for as many as 144 homes.
It took a year in the planning stage, but once permission was granted and the groundwork was completed, the installations were finished within four weeks and just in time to beat the FIT (Feed in Tariffs) deadline.
Within eight years the build should start to pay for itself, generating 30.7pence/kWh of electricity produced.
MR Dvaies said:
“We wanted to look at renewable energy options to hedge our electricity costs.”