Darts Farm

AT A GLANCE

Location: Darts Farm, Exeter
Panels 326
kW 89.65
Tonnes of CO2 42

Simple change enables Darts Farm to generate 1/3 of its energy needs onsite

How solar is reducing farm shop’s overheads and CO2 emissions

Award-winning Devon Farm shop Darts Farm is renowned for sourcing first-rate local produce, so it’s no surprise that it now generates 1/3 of its own energy onsite too.

The business has achieved this with a solar ‘tracker’ and 626 roof-mounted solar panels – totalling 170 kWp of electricity –designed and installed by SunGift Energy,

How Darts Farm uses 100% of the solar energy it generates

100% of the energy generated by the panels is used onsite by the farm’s retail business. “It’s wonderful to not only generate energy but also to use it to run the business,” said owner Paul Dart. “Our electricity is on all day, 365 days-a-year, so we make the best use of what we produce.”

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How Darts Farm generates more energy in less space

The majority of commercial solar PV systems use 250 kW panels, but Darts Farm’s latest installation uses JA Solar 275 kW panels. Joe Perry from SunGift Energy said: “We specified these panels for Darts Farm because they generate more energy from a small amount of space and they can costs less per watt to install.

“We incorporate this approach into every customer’s job, from small businesses to multinational companies. By designing personalised systems that use the world’s most advanced technologies, we ensure that they are among the very best in the world.”

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