The Buck family, who own and operate Jack Buck Farms, have embraced solar technology by installing two separate solar PV systems on the farm’s outbuildings. The 1300-acre site supplies some of the biggest names in the food business, including Tesco and Marks & Spencer, and will now cut its CO2 output by over 30 tonnes a year.

EvoEnergy designed and installed the two separate PV systems over two metal-clad pitched barn roofs. The first installation has a system size of 58.31kWp and is made up of 238 modules, while the second array consists of 60 panels constituting a system size of 14.7kWp.

The arrays are expected to produce 59,596kWh per year, saving the farm over £5,000 in electricity costs and generating almost £20,000 a year from the feed-in tariff, providing a return on investment in just eight to nine years.

Robin Buck says: “We’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how quickly and efficiently the installation has gone. We’ve only had a bit more than a week’s production and the sun went in as we switched on, but output has been well up to expectation.”