Online Turf installs solar panels for a brighter future

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Online Turf understands better than most the threat the world faces from climate change. As established agricultural farmers, they know that changes need to be made to the way the world generates power in order to preserve it.

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I’m really excited about these solar panels, they’ll save the business money and help to save the environment. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the lack of disruption during the installation, too.

Online Turf understands better than most the threat the world faces from climate change. As established agricultural farmers, they know that changes need to be made to the way the world generates power in order to preserve it. However, a modern farm has intense power needs in order to maintain a bustling office and busy workshops. It is with this in mind that Online Turf has made steps towards creating a more energy efficient workspace.

This project has taken a leap forward with the installation of solar panels to try and take up the bulk of the power needs of the farm, with any excess power to be fed back into the National Grid. Whilst this project has been on the cards for some time, the end of July heralds the installation and switching over of Online Turf’s power supply. Customers and even staff at Online Turf will notice no difference in business operations, excluding the sight of 140 solar panels installed on the roof of the main barn!

The Solar PV system is specifically designed to generate electricity from daylight, so the greater number of solar panels will result in a greater energy yield. A large barn roof is therefore perfect for a system of this kind. Online Turf purchased its solar panels from Eco Environments Ltd, a local company to Online Turf. The model type is the M35.00Hyu250, with a system size of 35000. Each solar panel will offset 0.3 tonnes of carbon, creating an overall carbon saving of 4.2 tonnes. The energy used to create solar panels ‘pays back’ that energy in four years of average use, and each solar panel has a lifetime of approximately 30 years. As such, the positive effects for the environment far outweigh the negatives.

“I’m really excited about these solar panels,” says M.D. Ian Mercer. “They’ll save the business money and help to save the environment. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the lack of disruption during the installation, too.”

For a business or home to qualify to send electricity back into the National Grid, they must first have an Energy Performance Certification, which certifies that the area that the solar panels services is as energy efficient as possible. Online Turf is currently undergoing the certification, but Ian in confident that this will pass easily. “We’ve recently installed new and more efficient heating and cooling systems, and our program of insulating the office areas has just been completed. It’s important to us to try and be as efficient as possible, both in our business model and in the way we regulate our power.”

For more information on solar power, visit Eco Environmental websites: http://www.eco-environments.co.uk/. Online Turf’s website, which includes a breakdown of its carbon usage and a list of planned improvements for the future, can be found at http://www.onlineturf.co.uk.

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