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Daylesford Organic Farms Ltd

Sustainable organic farming powered by sustainable electricity

Daylesford is an award-winning organic farm shop and restaurant in Gloucestershire like no other. At the heart of their business is their commitment to sustainability and the environment, promising to year on year reduce their carbon emissions. 

Daylesford Organic installed 2 significant sized Solar PV systems at their farms in 2013. Their previous contractors who did the work ceased trading and were no longer able to carry out any panel cleaning or system checks for Daylesford. 

Whilst at the local agricultural show, Tim Field of Daylesford approached Mypower to discuss maintenance of the systems due to dirt build up affecting the performance. Mypower carried out a full system clean and health check in 2017 and provided some sound advice regarding the overall performance of the systems.

In 2018, Daylesford Organic began building a new  unit to support their ever expanding food production kitchens, located a few hundred meters from their main farm shop. Impressed with Mypower's approach and professionalism Tim commenced discussions with Mypower to install 108 kWp on the new and existing building. Mypower dovetailed in the installation at the same time the new building was erected to provide some additional savings for Daylesford. As with all cold storage units and food production units the electricity consumption to operate is high, but for Daylesford, this building alone is predicted to save over £480,000 on electricity bills over the next 25 years. The unit also harnesses the wasted heat energy from the back of the refrigeration units, to be recycled into hot water.  As the refrigeration units are powered by solar, they get two bites at the green cherry!
Over the past decade, Daylesford have made huge strides in their approach to sustainability. Right from farming responsibly and high welfare standards for their animals to targeting zero waste in their farm shops and restaurants as well as recovering heat energy from their ovens in their kitchens. 

The solar panels Mypower installed will help them avoid over 24 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year and that's just one of their solar PV buildings.

Daylesford Head of Sustainability Tim Field...

"With the pressure mounting for companies to reduce their carbon footprint and work towards a future of sustainability, we are committed to making positive changes in all areas of Daylesford. I've worked with Mypower for 3 years now and they never fail to deliver exceptional work and advice. Mypower's complete end to end project management and comprehensive recommendations means we need to have so little involvement in the projects they do for us. Its like they are part of our team working for a common goal, saving us money and improving our sustainability."

Key facts and predictions

Figures updated to represent 2020 rates without subsidies 

  • 108.63kWp (380 QCells Panels) installed by Mypower.
  • 95,472 kWh of electricity produced per annum.
  • £12,365  - Projected first year income and savings assuming 86% of electricity used on site.
  • 17.5% - Projected first year return on capital invested, before capital allowance benefits.
  • 4.85 p/kwh - equivalent forward purchase price of 2,133,608 units of electricity over 25 years including O&M costs.
  • 24.2 tonnes - CO2 emissions avoided per annum.
  • 5.7 years system payback before finance, tax and capital allowance benefits.
  • £483,718  - Total projected income and savings over 25 years after indexation.
  • 66% saving from solar PV electricity compared to grid supplied electricity at 14.3 p/kWh.
  • In the first 12 months of operation, the system has produced 97,258 kWh, 1.9% ahead of Mypower's initial predictions despite one of the wettest winters on record.

For more information, advice and a budget estimate to demonstrate the value that solar PV can bring your business now and for the long term please contact us.

Daylesford Head of Sustainability Tim Field...

"I've worked with Mypower for 3 years now and they never fail to deliver exceptional work and advice. Mypower's complete end to end project management and comprehensive recommendations means we need to have so little involvement in the projects they do for us."