North Wales caravan park embraces the low carbon benefits of solar
There is a lot of talk in the media about the commercial case for solar panels and the threat to the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, which was originally designed as a commercial incentive. But with all the chat about return on investment and income from generating solar energy, we mustn’t lose sight of the positive impact solar panels have on our carbon emissions, our environment and our desire to move towards cleaner, cheaper, sustainable energy.
EnergyMyWay’s latest solar installation in North Wales is the perfect example of a sensitive, intelligent application of solar panels. Nestled on the East slope of the Conwy Valley in a sheltered wooded hollow, this caravan park is a small, family run and picturesque place, where owners and their families come to relax and enjoy the peace of this beautiful corner of North Wales.
Owners Reg and Heather approached EnergyMyWay after considering solar panels as a way to reduce the site’s carbon emissions and energy bills and to increase self-sufficiency for the site. While some see solar as an eyesore, Reg and Heather wanted a solar installation they could be proud to display, one that would serve as a visual example of low carbon technology and demonstrate the caravan park’s environmental credentials.
Locally sourced materials for solar installation
The choice of materials for mounting the panels was going to be an important one. EnergyMyWay sourced UK manufactured materials, specifically selected for both their appearance and their reduced environmental impact. We used all-black Romag panels, from Durham, along with a bespoke Timbersol mounting frame, manufactured from local Welsh wood. The wood was kiln dried using biomass at a local plant in nearby Ruthin (the biomass used to fire the drying kiln, again being local welsh wood and a waste product of manufacturing).
Solar Panels attract interest from families
Reg and Heather were delighted with the result. Reg said, “The array looks good, and has been of great interest to all owners. Being at ground level the children have been able to view it in great detail. Learning about solar cells, inverters and the use of low impact timber frames rather than steel. This might have sewn a few seeds about how they and their families might be able to plan for a more sustainable future. ”
Solar Panels installed at North Wales Caravan Park, using locally sourced materials
|20 year Return||£16,000|
|Payback||8 years (13% return)|
|Cost||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Bill Saving||£200 p.a.|
|Carbon Offset||1,000 Kg p.a.|
Return is calculated using combined bill savings and subsidy earnings. Bill savings are calculated using estimated energy usage and either the electricity price at the time of installation (1 November, 2015) or, for our heating products, the existing fuel type available to the property.
An installation like this restores our faith in the future of solar panels as a technology we can embrace to reduce carbon emissions, save on electricity bills and deliver cleaner, greener energy for the long-term.
EnergyMyWay creates renewable energy projects that are entirely bespoke to our clients’ objectives. For more information, please find your nearest EnergyMyWay or call us today on 0845 371 3181