With the cost of solar energy falling dramatically by 80% in recent years – as well as growing pressure to reduce our carbon footprint-there has never been a better time for farmers to install solar PV.
While cost increases have affected many sectors over the past decade, particularly agriculture, a recent study shows this is not the case for solar PV (photovoltaic). The price of solar energy has seen a remarkable 82 % drop since 2010, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s report, Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2019.
The Vencomatic Group, which has been providing agricultural machinery in the UK for 30 years and energy reduction solutions for 13 years, has a reputation in the poultry sector for high quality products, reliability and customer service. Being owned by a farmer, the company understands the quality and longevity that every farmer needs. Customers have frequently requested solar and as a result, the company is now able to provide this.
National sales manager for Vencomatic Energy, Lee Traynor, says: “The efficiency and dramatic cost reduction of solar PV can now provide low-cost options which allow a less than five-year payback… both your electric cost and carbon emissions are reduced with significant savings on your energy bill".
“With an average system size of 45kWp, a farmer can expect to save 558 tonnes of CO2 over the 25-year life of a system, saving an impressive £5,000 per year on their energy bill.” There is an option for a Power Purchase Agreement with no cost to the end user
As the NFU has set the agricultural industry a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, it will be increasingly important to take steps to lower our carbon footprint. Vencomatic understands solar energy is the simplest and most cost effective way of reducing carbon emissions and saving money.
The Vencomatic team begins with a free carbon use check to highlight the range of flexible options available. They can then illustrate the most cost-effective way to reduce electricity bills. They offer a full turnkey service including initial guidance, advice and free site survey through to grid applications and multi-site installations – all supported by full service back up and market leading guarantees.
“We only buy solar panels with a 25-year guarantee, which still provide exceptional performance for many years to come,” Lee explains. “Plus, using our service engineers throughout the country, we can now provide an unrivalled support service.”
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