Sunday, 17 December 2017

Farm installs floating solar panels

FLOATING solar panels have been installed on a Wargrave fruit farm.

More than 800 panels were put in place on a reservoir at Sheeplands Farm, off Wargrave Road.

They can provide 200kwH of power in a year, enough to power 50 homes, and by being on the water, they don’t take up land meant to be used for agriculture.

The £250,000 installation will be used to power the pump that sends water from the reservoir to the farm.

Owner Mark Bennett believes the panels could earn him more than £20,000 a year in government subsidies as well as saving him about £24,000 on energy bills.

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