Solar making sense for co-ops plus free renewable energy calculator

We have just completed a short piece of work, funded through the Co-operative Enterprise Hub, to help Moss Brook Growers, Unicorn and GMCVO make decisions about a solar PV system at a farm in Glazebury, Wigan.

The electricity generated will be used to run the irrigation system, which makes it a good fit as the time when the electricity is most needed coincides with the time when the PV is performing best. Our analysis suggested that, with thoughtful use, 100% of the electricity generated could be used on site during the summer months. To do this we tweaked a spreadsheet used previously to allow monthly usage and generation figures to be calculated. Visit the case-study for a little more detail. 

We are happy for others to use the spreadsheet (under a creative commons license) and you can find it here

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