Essex garden centre set to save £4,000 a year with solar panels

Commercial solar PV specialist Infinite Energy has completed a roof mounted solar PV installation for Essex-based garden centre Poplar Nurseries in Essex. 

Poplar Nurseries has several outbuildings, glasshouses, a farm shop, restaurant and plans for further expansion.

The business now has 199 solar photovoltaic panels across three roofs at the centre, as part of a drive towards reducing the company’s energy bills and carbon footprint.  The 50kWp will provide more than 40,000 kWh of electricity each year, an annual saving of nearly £4,000 on electricity bills and in addition save over 20 tonnes of CO2 each year.

MD Matthew Cowan said: "As the business continues to expand we needed to look at ways we could become more sustainable and with this solar panel installation we hope that most of our electricity needs will be met over the course of each year.  Infinite Energy installed the solar panels quickly and efficiently with little disruption to the business."

Under the Government Feed-in Tariff scheme, Poplar Nurseries will make savings on its electricity bill and receive regular payments over a 20 year period based on the electricity generated from the installation. It should see a return on investment in about six years.

Infinite Energy MD Sam Tilley said: "Most garden centres have large roof spaces which are ideal for solar installations allowing them to generate their own electricity needs as well as provide an additional income for them in the years to come."


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