Windout Farm manages organic livestock across 300 acres. with a mind-boggling 4,000 chickens, 320 Ewes, as well as numerous geese. Additionally, the owners also manage 12 acres of apple orchard, which in future years will produce the top-quality juice from specially selected varieties.
The owners have also developed Windout Barn, a wedding venue seating between 60-75 people. Split into two rooms, guests enjoy a drink at the hand-built bar when they arrive, before moving into the multi-functional main space. This can be set up for dining, dancing or meetings. Besides all this, tucked away into one ancient cranny is the famous ‘Ursell Coffee Temple’, offered as part of the barn experience.
This case study spans 4 years and multi-technology renewables.
In 2014 we surveyed for the supply of a renewable heating source and hot water to this multi-building enterprise. At the same time, we specified advanced control technology. Of course, this had to be simple to use and remotely controllable. Controllability was critical in contributing to increased overall energy efficiency across the site. The area comprised a boiler house, main house, classroom, chicken rearing units and a wedding venue.
Not only did we accomplish this, but late in 2018 we returned to the site to look at additionally providing Solar PV and battery storage. For the installation to qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff before it ended, we installed the Solar PV prior the end of March 2019.
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