Award winning Mypower are experts in Solar PV energy solutions which help businesses reduce their electricity costs. Covering Somerset, Bath and Bristol areas, Mypower make it straightforward and easy for businesses to reduce their electricity costs by 65%!
Whether you are a farmer, food producer, logistics company or farm shop your energy requirements will be high, making your business ideal for saving a lot of money with Solar PV. The size of PV system you require will depend on a number of factors including your energy use and your roof space. Matching the daytime generation from the panels to the electricity demand within the building is the most efficient way to use solar energy. This means that the business needs to import less energy from the grid which costs three times as much as solar. Currently businesses are expected to pay between 13-15 pence per unit and experts have predicted these prices will rise by 33% in the next 5 years! If you’ve been shocked by your next electricity renewal price then there is an alternative.
Solar PV provides electricity at a forward purchase price of 4-5p per unit and a ROI of 14-18% - considerably more than any UK bank is offering! Average payback is 5-7 years and your solar investment can be cash flow positive in as little as 2 years.
Lye Cross Farm
Three generations of the Alvis family have been farming and making traditional cheddar cheese at Lye Cross Farm near Bristol. Environmental responsibility has always been a primary aim for the Alvis Family who process 45 million litres of milk a year at the farm. With about 3,000 tonnes of cheese in refrigerated storage at any one time, cooling is one of the business's main areas of energy use, along with running of the packing equipment. These two areas alone require 600,000 units of energy per year.
Lye Cross Farm with its high energy usage and a large unused roof space is the perfect match for solar PV. Mypower recommended that the business's best option was to install a 172kW array along with six inverters to convert the energy into a useable form. With 95% utilisation of the solar electricity, this is exactly how PV should work, using the energy where it is produced.
With the panels helping to avoid 72 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, the use of renewable energy also helps the business create a strong marketing message for supermarkets.
The system is predicted to produce over 3,750,000kWh over 25 years. Divide this into the capital cost of the system and the effective cost of buying this electricity up front today is around 3.7p per kWh, fixed, without being subjected to electricity price rises. This compares to the current purchase rate from the supplier of almost 4 times this rate.
Peter Alvis commented... "We are very pleased with the PV installation, not only is it perfectly matched to our refrigeration requirement, producing more electricity when we need the most refrigeration, it is also performing above expectation. The installation itself was hassle free and didn't impact on the day to day operations here at Lye Cross Farm, overall a very worthwhile project."
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Peter Alvis, Lye Cross Farm...
"We are very pleased with the PV installation, not only is it perfectly matched to our refrigeration requirement, producing more electricity when we need the most refrigeration, it is also performing above expectation."