Devon village hall uses roof to generate electricity from solar

Published:  11 May, 2010

Becosolar, solar PV
The Becosolar solar photo-voltaic installation on the roof of this village hall will produce about 16.5 MWh of electricity a year.

Carbon-dioxide emissions from a village hall in Devon are expected to be reduced by 9 t a year following the installation of 100 solar photo-voltaic modules that will produce about 16.5 MWh of electricity a year. Becosolar installed the 180 W monocrystalline solar modules on the existing slated roof of Rattery Village Hall following a site assessment by Devon Association of Renewable Energy.

The village-hall committee benefited from funding from the Low Carbon Building Programme, grants from South Hams District Council and smaller contributions from local sources to pay for over half the cost of the initial installation.

The system is connected via three inverters and has a large display in the entrance hall to show output and CO2 savings.

Rachel Coaker, chairman of the village hall committee, says, ‘We have been extremely pleased with the results gained by installing the Becosolar system, which will pay for itself in about eight years due to the feed-in tariff.’

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