AT A GLANCE
|Location:||Trevaskis Farm, Cornwall|
|Tonnes of CO2||21.26|
Pick your own fruit’ farm’s ground-mounted solar uses farm’s free land
Solar panels help keep energy local and reduce environmental impact
A Cornish ‘pick your own’ farm, set amidst 28 acres of beautiful countryside, is making even more of its natural resources after SunGift Energy designed and installed a 40 kWp ground-mounted solar PV system on an area of the farm’s free land.
Trevaskis Farm, which grows and sells more than 70 different fruits, was looking for a sustainable-energy solution that would reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and help power its restaurant and farm shop.
Sustainable electricity produced ‘on their doorstep’
“The solar PV system is a marvellous addition to the farm,” said SunGift’s Gareth Walton. “Trevaskis Farm prides itself on keeping its environmental impact to a minimum and most of its produce travels less than a mile from the fields to its shop and restaurant. This system means that much of its electricity is be produced on its doorstep too.”
“The installation process was kept simple, and we took care to carry out the work quickly, smoothly and without causing disruption to the business. As the farm shop and restaurant use energy throughout the day, most of the electricity produced by the PV system is used onsite.”
Recommended by financial advisers
After applying for planning permission Trevaskis Farm approached SunGift Energy, which had been recommended to them by accountants Francis Clark. SunGift completed a full onsite survey and provided the business with a bespoke design, detailing all the work that would be carried out. SunGift also helped future-proof the installation by laying additional cable, enabling Trevaskis Farm to add another solar PV system in the future. SunGift also used industry-leading PV Sol software to show that the panels would generate more than 40,000 kWh of electricity each year.