Willard Conservation completed a 36kW solar PV installation for which they received £13,000 through our Community Solar Accelerator grant programme.

Based in Chichester, Willard Conservation engineer and manufacture specialist equipment which they supply to art conservators such as private studios, galleries and museums worldwide.

They have a number of pitched and flat roofs which they used to benefit from maximising the solar PV capacity.

The CSA team has been incredibly helpful throughout the process, offering great support at every stage and giving their expert input and knowledge to guide us in making well informed decisions, especially when we faced unexpected disruptions or complications to the plans.

Getting involved with the Community Solar Grant has allowed us to achieve our long-standing goal of installing a Solar PV Array on our workshop roofs – something that would have been otherwise unattainable without this vital funding. We are now able to move towards becoming as sustainable as possible as a business and one step closer to becoming a net zero company. We will also be greatly benefitting from a reduction in our energy bills in this time of great financial pressure on all businesses.” Megan Clark

“We’re extremely grateful to have been able to receive the grant and will certainly be recommending it so that other small businesses such as ours can benefit from this useful and necessary funding.” Megan Clark

Solar Impact in Numbers

Size or Solar PV array: 36kW

Predicted production of electricity: 27,203.68 kWh per year

Predicted cost savings: £4836.71 in the first year

Return on Investment:  3-4 years

Grant Amount Received: £13,048

Expected lifetime of the solar PV system: 25-30 years

Carbon Reduction: 9.5  tonnes CO2e* per year

Date of install: Sep 2022

*CO2e calculated with conversion factor of 0.35156kg CO2e/kWh as confirmed with the managing authority.


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