The Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd, near Wrexham has installed a solar system to help it go greener. Buckley-based AT Green Electrical installed an 8kWp array composed of Tegreon solar panels supplied by Wirral-based renewable energy products manufacturer Stiebel Eltron.

The solar array is expected to help provide electricity for offices, an accommodation block and stables at the North Wales riding centre.

Clwyd Special Riding Centre is a registered charity run by a group of volunteers and welcomes over 200 people of all ages every week with special needs. The solar panels will significantly reduce the centre’s electricity bill and carbon footprint. The centre will also reap the benefits of the feed-in tariff scheme.

Robert Thompson, Trustee at the riding centre, said: “The green aspect of the installation is very important to us, as we believe in reducing carbon wherever possible here, but it was also the financial aspect of solar PV that appealed to us.

“As a charity we have to be as shrewd as possible with our money, and as a long term investment solar panels were a very good option for the centre. We will save on our energy bills and get money back thanks to the feed-in tariff.

“We had the panels up and running at the start of December and Stiebel Eltron were very good about explaining the system and finding the right fit for us.”

Mark McManus, Stiebel Eltron’s Managing Director, added: “The Clwyd Special Riding Centre is a fabulous place and offers an excellent service, and as a charity we are particularly pleased that we have been able to specify a system that will not only save them money, but provide them with ‘cash back’ payments in the future.

“This project is also a good example of how owners of all types of property are looking at the best solutions for bringing buildings up to current green standards.”