Adding to the number of solar installations completed before the December 12 deadline, the National Trust’s 37.5kWp project is now generating renewable energy in Wales. Delivered by Dulas, the ground-mounted system at the Grade I listed Llanerchaeron property has been combined with the Trust’s existing 7.5kWp solar PV array.

The project is the largest National Trust solar installation to date and should generate up to half of the electricity that the house requires, working towards the Trust’s commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by 50 percent within the next eight years. The Trust also plans to reduce carbon emissions from energy use for heat and electricity by 45 percent.

Mike Clay of Dulas said: “By taking forward thinking steps and engaging with a highly experienced company the Trust has been able to best utilise the space available to gain maximum benefit from the feed in tariff. By prioritizing the installation Dulas was able to commission the project in time to take advantage of the highest feed in tariff rates providing the best possible financial rate of returns for the Trust.”

Keith Jones, Environmental Practices Advisor for the National Trust said: “We have been delighted with the contribution that Dulas have been giving to our carbon reduction and sustainability programmes using solar and biomass technologies. Their experience has added value as we try to overcome the challenges of installing these technologies within our historic buildings and valuable landscapes.  They have worked with us to deliver the bespoke solutions and were impressed by their ability to install our first large scale solar PV system within the very tight feed-in tariff deadline.”