John Brown Printers installs new solar panel system
By Melanie Defries Wednesday, 01 August 2012
John Brown Printers has installed a 50kWp solar panel system on the roof of its Bilborough-based office.
The company said that the photovoltaic installation, which was completed last week, is set to generate 35,700 kWh of electricity per year, which will save 19 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually and help to significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
By completing the installation last week the company managed to offset the latest changes to the government’s feed-in-tariff, under which the amount paid to companies and households per kWh of electricity generated by solar panels has been cut.
The latest changes to the feed-in-tariff took effect from 1 August. John Brown Printers owner Jon Bakewell said: "Even after the rate change the investment in solar panels provides a good return from the feed-in tariffs.
"While the generation rate has decreased, the export rate has increased and material costs have also reduced significantly. This means a 50kWp installation can still generation investment returns of 10.5% of more."
The installation along with the company’s energy efficient lighting means that its offices are among the 23% of buildings in the UK to achieve an energy performance rating of C or above.
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