Agriculture

Jack Buck Farms

The Buck family has been farming near Spalding in Lincolnshire for more than 150 years, growing more than a dozen types of vegetables on 1,300 acres of the country’s best silt land.

A proud supplier of arable crops to UK supermarkets such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer, the farm group wanted to boost its green credentials through solar PV so it contacted EvoEnergy for help.

Following a full initial site survey, the installation team proposed the solution of two separate solar arrays for the farm’s metal-clad pitched barn roofs, putting otherwise ‘dead space’ to good use generating clean energy.

More than 300 panels were fitted, making up a combined 73 kWp system that now generates an estimated 59,000 kWh of electricity each year.

In monetary terms this means the farm group is now saving more than £5,000 a year on its energy bills, as well as generating a further £20,000 from the Feed-in Tariff.

Robin Buck, Director for Jack Buck Farms, comments;

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

With such impressive return on investment the system will have paid for itself in eight years. It should continue to generate a second income for the Buck family – members of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme – for years after that too, as they work to encourage more farmers to enhance and conserve the countryside’s beauty and diversity.

 

Quick Stats

  • Location Lincolnshire
  • System Size 73 kWp
  • Panel model Sharp 245W
  • Inverter model Fronius CL48 & IG150+
  • Anuual output 60,100 kWh
  • Annual CO2 savings 31,793 kg