Topsham farm shop fits more solar panels

PUBLISHED: 09:10 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:10 02 April 2015

Paul Dart on the roof of Darts Farm with some of the solar panels

Paul Dart on the roof of Darts Farm with some of the solar panels

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An award-winning Topsham farm shop, renowned for sourcing local produce, has added more than 300 solar panels to its roof.

Darts Farm already had a solar ‘tracker’ and a roof-mounted system, which was installed in 2011, but this new move has added another 326 panels.

The project, which will see 100 per cent of the energy generated used onsite, will reduce carbon emissions by 80 tonnes per year.

“At Darts Farm, we have a clear belief that everyone can do their bit to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, and this is the next step in our journey,” said owner Paul Dart. “It’s wonderful to not only generate our energy, but also to use it to run the business.

“Our electricity is on all day, 365 days a year, so we make the best use of what we produce.”

Darts Farm had its first system designed and installed by local specialists SunGift Energy in 2011 and it chose the Exeter-based company to carry out this second project, too.

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