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Cotswold Farm Park ups solar power investment

Gloucestershire visitor attraction, Cotswold Farm Park has just expanded its solar power generation to help protect it from rising energy costs and to become more energy self-sufficient.

Solar PV specialist Mypower has recently installed a second solar PV system for the business, taking the total size to 100kWp, in total generating approx. 92,000kWh a year.

This solar power generation hopes to provide 25 per cent of the business' energy needs, reduce its energy bills by nearly 20 per cent and boost its energy security for the next half a century. It's also said to be playing a significant role in the Farm Park's ambitions to become sustainable and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A recent survey by the British Chambers of Commerce revealed that 65 per cent of firms expect their prices to rise in the coming months, with 56 per cent of these stating rising fuel costs as one of the top three reasons.

The clean electricity is said to be generated at an approx. cost of 4-5pence/kilowatt hour, including maintenance costs, compared to the current price of National Grid electricity of 30-40p/kWh - a 600 per cent difference. Cumulatively, the two roof mounted systems will reduce the Farm Park's overall energy bills by 20 per cent at current tariffs and will help the business negate the effects of future grid price rises.

Adam Henson, Countryfile presenter and the Farm Park's joint managing director said: "It's essential for the long-term future of the Cotswold Farm Park through our work in rare breed conservation, entertaining and educating our visitors and employing 90 local people that we stay true to our core values. Reducing our impact on the planet by increasing our green energy supply is part of our journey to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable whilst maintaining a viable business through cost savings."

"Solar PV has proven over a number of years to be a very effective way of generating clean, low-cost electricity," said Ben Harrison, MD of Mypower.

"Many businesses are seeing their systems pay for themselves in 3-5 years with a ROI of over 20 per cent. More and more businesses are coming to us wanting to invest in solar power."

Mr Henson added: "We're very pleased with the service provided by MyPower to increase our Solar PV system. The amount of carbon dioxide released through our business activities has been reduced by 20 tonnes /year - the equivalent of flying to Melbourne in Australia and back 10 and a half times.

"Practising responsible stewardship towards our planet is very important to us, and we're actively assessing our operations to introduce eco-friendly practises wherever we can. We'd urge businesses to consider using solar power to help their business and the planet simultaneously. It's a win-win all round."

To find out more about Mypower visit, email or call 01242 620894.

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