50 kW PV system keeps Devon cheese-maker’s refrigerators cold and bills low

We’ve been helping Devon cheesemaker Quickes Traditional keep their costs low while using electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by designing and installing a bespoke 50 kW solar PV system for them.

The rooftop system, which we installed on their factory roof, will produce around 44,000 kWh of electricity per year – enough to power the equivalent of 13 average houses and reduce carbon emissions by 23 tonnes each year. It will earn the company around £9,000 per year in Feed-in Tariff payments, giving Quickes an exceptional 17.8% return on its investment.

“We use electricity continuously,” said Adam Reeves, Farm Manager at Quickes Traditional, based in Newton St Cyres, Devon, “as we carry out every process onsite – from milking our herd of cows to maturing the finished cheese for up to 24 months.  Bills are particularly high during the summer months, when the weather is hotter, but thankfully this is when our solar PV system will work to its highest capacity.  All of the electricity it generates will be used to help power our refrigerators.”

Continual energy requirement means even better results for solar PV

“When we initially looked at getting a system installed, the numbers looked good, but it would have taken up valuable farming land,” added Adam. “However, SunGift advised us that they could install it to the roof of our factory, without compromising any of our land, so we jumped at the chance.  What’s more, the system is neat, tidy, and SunGift’s staff were extremely efficient.  Not only did they take care of everything from start to finish – including giving us full user training – but also they left our premises in perfect condition and tied up every loose end.  We’re thrilled with the installation.”

We’re delighted to carry out work for such a high quality Devon manufacturer that takes high quality and customer service as seriously as we do, so following the installation we’ve developed our relationship with Quickes and are proud to offer their luxury hampers as prizes in our upcoming Big Green Referal Scheme (more details below).

To read the full Quickes Traditional case study click here https://www.sungiftsolar.co.uk/portfolio/quickes-fast-track-electricity-bills/