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Going green: Fenland care community builds solar field to help take pressure off national grid

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A Fenland care community has built a solar field on its land as part of its 2021 sustainable goals – helping to take pressure off the national grid and become more self-sufficient.

Askham Village Community, a specialist family-run care and rehabilitation community, in Doddington, has installed a 150kW Solar Photovoltaic System in a field adjacent to its care and rehab centres, enabling it to offset a large proportion of its daytime electrical consumption.

Built by Optimeyes Energy alongside the Engenera Renewable Group, and having worked closely with the Maximeyes Group to deliver the project as part of its decarbonisation strategy, the new solar field is projected to save Askham as much as 800,000 kg/CO2 over the next 20 years.

The new solar field at Askham Village Community in Doddington. (49247964)
The new solar field at Askham Village Community in Doddington. (49247964)

The carbon-saving system is made up of rows of ground-mounted solar modules, each with the capacity to provide up to 330w of electrical generation.

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser, director at Askham, said: “This project has been in the pipeline for a long time now, so we’re delighted to see it come to fruition. While our new solar field will only occupy approximately 150m/2, it’s the size of the environmental impact which cannot be ignored. Self-generating our electricity will significantly decrease our overall carbon footprint and is the next step in our decarbonisation strategy.

She continued: “It’s important we play our part in helping the country become greener by taking some pressure off the national grid. Reducing Askham’s environmental impact was one of our key strategic goals for 2021 so we’re glad to see the solar field up and running.”

Optimeyes and Engenera work with businesses, communities and organisations who want to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and increase their environmental profile.

Miguel Matias, co-founder of Optimeyes Energy, said: “Askham’s new system will also incorporate battery storage to provide an integrated and optimised solution, as we always propose. This provides further protection and resilience against power cuts on-site. With various medical equipment within Askham, it is vital that the power is at all times available and supply uninterrupted. Again, this is a great example of how progressive technology can support the traditional demands of facilities such as Askham.”

Lloyd Lawson, business development director of Engenera Renewables Group, added: “It is our belief that every business in the UK, large or small, will have to embrace some form of renewable technology within the next five to seven years. Not all companies or organisations have the capital to invest or want the responsibility of such systems – this is where companies like Optimeyes and Engenera can help.”

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