Runcton Farm Shop in Chichester not only grows its own fruit and vegetables on-site but also produces its own electricity on-site, thanks to a new solar array.

The farm shop had become wary of ever-increasing energy prices and had decided to research ways in which it could slash utility bills. Solar PV and the feed-in tariff scheme stood out, for the excellent return-on investment, carbon footprint reduction and long term energy independence it provides.

Having carried out a degree of personal research prior to making enquiries into the renewable energy, the owner of Runcton Farm contacted Edenbridge-based, Solar PV company, Solar Advanced Systems Ltd (part of the T.E.R.C Group of companies) to find out a bit more information and obtain a quotation and design proposal

Solar Advanced Systems proposed that the farm install a 50kWp solar array in order to maximise the benefit of the system. In addition to the initial project brief, using in-house structural engineering resources, Solar Advanced Systems were also able to carry out the necessary design and installation of additional support purlins to accommodate the extra weight loading of the proposed array.

To date, the system is currently producing in excess of 22 percent of the predicted system output and has become a real talking point for interested customers.