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Case Studies

 

Spirit has installed many systems for farmers. We have helped farmers cut their electricity bills and earn an income by installing solar PV.

We provide the following services for farmers:

    • Installation of ground mounted and roof mounted PV systems. We retro-fit to existing buildings and get involved with the design of new farm buildings with PV included.

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  • We carry out feasibility studies for heat pumps, as well as district heating systems covering more than one for building.
  • Having chosen the optimum system, we install the solution our in-house installation
    team project manages the installation from start to finish.

Case Study:Beechwood Farm, Berkshire

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In May 2013 Spirit commissioned a 49.5kWp System at Beechwood farm in Berkshire. This system consisted of 199 ET Solar Panels mounted on Clenergy ez-Rack.

This installation represented a fantastic investment opportunity for the owners to significantly reduce their energy bills for their chicken farm.

The system is expected to generate 46,700kWh per year saving 26.5 tonnes of CO2 annually, with a payback period of 5 years.

“The system was installed in May 2013 and to date we are thrilled. Everyone was delightful and professional from the start. They were not ‘pushy’ in any way in getting the order in the first place. They are very technically minded rather than sales people. The gentlemen on the site were a pleasure to have around – excellent in every way. There were no problems at all – it was so well planned beforehand. We certainly would Spirit Solar again and I would recommend them to anyone.” – Mrs R.

The savings and income generated by the system are expected to be as follows:

1)Feed in Tariff: The system falls inside the 10-50 kWp tariff bracket (pre-July 1st 2013), receiving 13.03p for every kWh generated.
The first year tariff expected 46,700kWh x 13.03p=£6,085.01

2)Free Energy: Based on the typical assumption that the farm will use 80% of the energy generated and export the rest to the grid;
Value of energy savings expected in first year: 37,360kWh x 12p = £4,789.55

3)Export Tariff :The farm will export 20% of what it generates
Value of export tariff in the first year : 9340 x4.6p = £420.30

Total annual income and savings: £11,294.85

 

Case Study: Ford Farm, Hampshire

 

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On July 16th 2012, Spirit  commissioned a 49.98kWp ground mounted solar PV system at Ford Farm in Hampshire.

This particular system comprised of 3 rows of ASUN Solar 245W panels on a screw piling mounting frame.

The system is expected to generate 42,903 kWh per year, saving 24,369 kg of CO2 annually. This was a fantastic financial investment for the farm as they expect to generate £10,725 of tariff income and electricity savings with the rates applying at the time of install. The investment has an expected payback period of less than 9 years, with a further 16 years to enjoy the income and savings from the system.

Mrs J, the owner of Ford Farm said:

“I chose Spirit Solar as they were by far the best company at explaining all the facts fully. They were also very competitive and have been very professional from initial planning to the fully comprehensive handover pack.”
– Mrs J

The savings and income generated by the system are expected to be as follows:

1) Feed in tariff
The system falls inside the 10-50kWp tariff bracket (pre August), receiving 15.2p for every kWh generated.
First year tariff expected: 42,903 kWh @ 15.2p = £6,521.

2) FREE energy

Based on the assumption that Ford Farm will use 75% of the energy generated and export the rest to the grid.
Value of energy savings expected in first year: 32,177 kWh @ 12p = £3,861.

3) Export Tariff
The farm is paid 3.2p for every unit exported.
Value of export tariff in first year: 10726kWh @ 3.2p = £343.

Total annual income and savings: £ 6,521 + £ 3,861 + £ 343 = £ 10,725

 

Case Study: St Clair’s Farm, Southampton

 

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In December 2011, Spirit commissioned a 50kWp ground mounted solar PV system at St Clair’s Farm in Southampton.

This particular system is comprised of 5 rows of ET Solar 235W panels on a screw piling mounting frame.

The system is expected to generate 42,765 kWh per year, saving 24.3 tonnes of CO2 each year. Given the availability of space, this was a fantastic financial investment opportunity for the farm with expected annual income of £9,729 per year with the current feed in tariff.

Broken down, the expected savings/income from the system are as follows:

1) Feed in tariff
The system falls inside the 10-50kWp tariff bracket (pre-March 3rd 2012), receiving 32.9p for every kWh generated.
First year tariff expected: 42765 kWh @ 15.2p = £6,500

2) FREE Energy
Based on the typical assumption that St Clair’s Farm will use half the energy generated and export the rest to the grid;
Value of energy savings expected in first year: 42765 kWh/2 @ 12p = £2,566

3) Export Tariff

The farm is paid 3.1p for every unit exported.

Value of export tariff in first year: 42,765 kWh/2 @ 3.1p = £663


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Case Study: Hill View Farm, Wiltshire

 

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In February 2011, Spirit commissioned a 3.68 kWp solar PV system at Hill View Farm in Swindon.

The system is expected to generate 3159 kWh per year, saving 1.762 tonnes of CO2 each year and giving savings / income of £915 per year.

 

 

 

Case Study: Manor Farm Dual Axis Tracker, Northampton

 

 

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In October 2011 Spirit commissioned a dual-axis tracker system on a farm in Northamptonshire.

As its name suggests, a dual-axis tracker system tracks the sun by rotating about two axes. This ensures that the panels always face the sun.

System output is increased by approximately 33%, relative to a standard untracked system. This particular system consisted of 16 Suntech 245 W panels, giving a system size of 3.92 kWp. The SAP forecast for the system predicted an annual output of 4475 kWh, which is 33% more than the SAP forecast for an un-tracked south-facing system. Note that the system still qualifies for the ‘under 4 kWp’ tariff band.

The Client, Mr E, said:

“I would like to say how pleased I am with the service your company has given right from the start to finish. The Tracker has been installed with great care and attention and is working very well. It is quite amazing to see it follow the sun and track it from east to west. I have already had a lot of interest in the equipment and hope you sell some more.”