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Farm plugs into power of the sun

Entrance to Bath City Farm
Spare electricity will be sold to the National Grid and used for the farm

Bath City Farm has installed a £50,000 renewable energy system which uses solar and thermal energy to generate green electricity and heating.

The farm office is being heated using power generated from 28 solar panels on the roof.

The system also uses a heat pump which sucks in air from outside before transferring it to radiators in the central heating system.

The farm had previously used oil to heat its buildings.

Spare electricity

Sarah Walker, chair of trustees at Bath City Farm, said: "Ours will be one of the first buildings in Bath to have this technology and it should bring lots of people to the farm.

"It will save us a lot of money and we can educate children about the importance of renewable energy."

The new system will generate 6,000 kWh of heat and 4,460 kWh of electricity.

Any spare electricity produced will be exported to the electricity network providing an income for the farm and to benefit the charity.

The £48,952 cost of the project was met by £24,370 from EDF Energy's Green Fund and £24,582 from the Big Lottery Funded Community Sustainable Energy Programme.



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