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British Farming Awards

October 14, 2014
October 14, 2014 - British Farming Awards
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We are delighted that David has been shortlisted for the British Farming Awards in the "Renewables Innovator of the Year" category.

British Farming AwardsThe British Farming Awards focus on farmers, celebrating stories of people who have changed what they do and how they do it. At the heart of many farms lie the families behind them who, have developed the business to help secure its place in years to come. The Renewables Innovator of the Year category recognises those who have diversified into green energy and are reaping the rewards both financially and environmentally.

Whilst we are both passionate about the environmental impact that both our farm and holiday businesses have on our stunning Peak District countryside, David has been the driving force behind the development of renewable technologies at Hoe Grange.

The 16kw ground source heat pump installed to heat the self catering log cabins was the first renewable technology to be introduced.This was followed by an innovative pv solar system that tracks the sun, thus achieving 40% more electricity generation than the same size static roof-mounted system. This 4kw system provided more thatn 5,600 kwh in the first year.

renewable energies at Hoe Grange

Felicity and David by the solar tracking system and wind turbine

The 10 kw wind turbine installed next provides peak production in the winter months and at night when demand from the ground source heat pump is at its highest.

Air source heat at Hoe Grange

Air source draws warm air from the loft space to heat the water

The LPG gas boilers in the two original cabins were replaced with air source hot water heaters, using hot air extracted from the roof space. Three hundred litres of water at 65 degrees costs just £0.50 per day.

In February this year a 11.5kw roof mounted solar system was installed on one of the farm shed roofs. At its peak this new system provides another 80 kwh per day.

A 50kw biomass heating system for the farmhouse, office and laundry was installed at the end of September.

By combining renewable technologies Hoe Grange has become around 80 per cent self-sufficient, only drawing from the National Grid on very dull days, or nights when there is no wind.

Together these initiatives have reduced carbon output by an impressive 58 tonnes per year and reduced energy costs by over £5,000, as well as generating additional income of over £15,000 per year. We hope we inspire others to make the most of the many renewable technologies now available.

We are thrilled to be finalists in these prestigious national awards and look forward to the gala dinner at Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich on Thursday 23rd October where the winners will be announced.

Wish us luck!

Felicity

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