When mother and son duo, Betty and Mark Whitton, decided to take
charge of energy management on their farm by installing solar power
modules, there was only one place to turn: Schott Solar.
After visiting a family property in Bavaria that already benefits from photovoltaic panels, they were convinced of the advantages of domestic solar energy and were keen to capitalise on the roof space afforded by a storage barn on their property, Manor House, in Glinton, Peterborough.
“Mark was quite adamant that he wanted Schott panels used in the project, over any of the other options,” said Mark Cawood, of Cawood Electrical, who installed the system. “As Germany has such a long history within the renewable energy market, it made sense to use products from a German-based manufacturer and we were more than happy to go along with this decision as we’ve always had an excellent experience of working with Schott products.”
Forty-two photovoltaic panels were fitted in three rows of 14, supplying energy to the barn itself and feeding power back into the main farmhouse. Mark specified the SCHOTT POLY® 220 module for the project, as it offers exceptional levels of durability and profitability, is MSC accredited and was available quickly and in the right size for the build.
Sam Waxman, of Waxman Energy, who distributes Schott Solar products, said: “The POLY 220 was perfect for this project as it has a high energy yield that is just right for the customer’s needs. Also, although the barn in this case is used to store fertiliser and mechanical farm equipment, the POLY 220 has undergone rigorous toxological testing to ensure it can withstand exposure to chemicals such as ammonia, which is often present in farm buildings used to house animals.”
Specifically designed for both roof and ground mounted applications the POLY 220, like all Schott polycristalline modules, is exceptionally durable and long lasting – offering a sustainable energy solution. The high performance output results in a quick return on investment and Schott Solar offers a power output guarantee of 25 years, together with a product warranty of five years.
Installation took place in just over one week during the summer and Betty and Mark are extremely pleased with the results. “The output from the panels has exceeded our expectations,” said Mark. “They produced just over 2000 KWh during the first two months, which was really good considering the weather in August and September was below average.”
With the introduction of the Government’s Feed-In-Tarrifs, or FITs, which came into place on 1st April 2010 and incentivise the deployment of small to medium PV scale installations, more and more businesses, communities and individuals are taking steps to produce their own low carbon electricity.
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