When the Feed In Tarriff for solar PV projects was announced in the Climate Change Act 2008, there was a rush of interest, particularly among renewable energy companies contacting landowners for suitable land to lease.
Clinton Devon Estates was keen to understand how solar PV would help them take a step towards greater energy autonomy and appointed Aardvark Environment Matters Ltd to guide us through the early proposals, planning, installation and connection to the grid of a small solar PV operation.
In December 2011, Clinton Devon Estates new solar PV (photovoltaic) array began feeding into the National Grid. It has been built on one of the Estate farms in East Devon and has the capacity to produce enough electricity to power around 11 households. It is the Estates’ first experience of solar PV and has provided us with valuable knowledge in our ongoing quest to find alternative forms of energy to meet our future requirements.