EH Smith


Lodge Farm

05 May 2012
Renewable Technology

Philip Gosling
Location : Leicestershire
Contractors: Eco2Solar

One of the largest pig breeders in Leicestershire has turned to solar to help power its pig-feeding facilities.

Philip Gosling, owner of Lodge Farm, approached Kidderminster-based Eco2Solar to design a solar system capable of reducing the farm’s energy costs and generate an income from the feed-in tariff. In response, Eco2Solar designed a 39.6kWp solar PV system compromising of 165 REC 240W modules paired with three Fronius IG PLUS 150 12kW inverters which were all supplied by EH Smith.

The renewable energy company predicts that the array will generate more than 34,153kWh of electricity every year, the equivalent consumption of 10 average households.

All of the electricity generated will be consumed on-sit ate the 320-acre family-run farm, which is home to almost 200 breeding sows. The clean energy will be used to power the farm’s on-site pig unit which grinds and mills over 1,000 tonnes of pig feed ever year.

Lodge Farm is expected to generate in excess of £11,000 in tax-free income every year from the feed-in tariff scheme.

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