‘Energy Roof’ generates £85,000 of electricity

A farm in Oxfordshire has converted its roof to make energy with inbuilt solar panels. The two ‘Energy Roofs’ from Solarcentury, have inbuilt solar photovoltaics, instead of having to bolt […]

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By Tom Gibson

A farm in Oxfordshire has converted its roof to make energy with inbuilt solar panels.

The two ‘Energy Roofs’ from Solarcentury, have inbuilt solar photovoltaics, instead of having to bolt on panels to an existing roof. The two roofs are 54.72 and 45.18 kWp in size and are expected to generate an approximate £85,000 units of electricity for the farm.

Farmer John Woolcock is expected make a return on the cost of the farm in under eight years- he will receive £26,663 from the generation ‘Feed-in tariff’, plus £2,012 from exporting electricity and annual savings of over £2,400 in electricity bills.

Mr Woolcock said: “Solar makes complete economic sense with its 8% return on investment, farmers know this now. But why would you want to bolt solar panels onto an old barn when you’re making such a financial commitment – you want something durable and good looking.”

Solarcentury was established in 1998, and specialise in the design and installation of building integrated photovoltaics, where solar replaces traditional building materials.