The Wine Society

Published on 8th April 2013
solar panels on a project carried out
  • Division: Renewables
  • Client: The Wine Society
  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Sector: Commercial

Avonside Renewables were delighted to fulfil the role of Principal Contractor in October 2012 for The Wine Society, the UK’s leading wine merchants and the world’s oldest wine club. The Wine Society is based in Hertfordshire and is unique in the wine trade as it is a co-operative organisation that is owned by and sells only to its members. When the organisation was looking to generate energy in an efficient and cost-effective way, Avonside Renewables were happy to help implement an effective, long-term solution.

Avonside Renewables Solar Panel project for The Wine Society

A Green Solution

The project, which has a Total Installed Capacity (TIC) of 99.84kWp, involved the installation and setup of:

  • 416 JA Solar 240w Poly Panels
  • 6 SMA Tripower 15000TL inverters
  • A customised ballasted flat roof mounting kit
  • Bespokely made inverter shelters
  • Monitoring screens for the wine shop and main office reception
Avonside Renewables Solar Panel project for The Wine Society
Avonside Renewables Solar Panel project for The Wine Society

A Cost-Effective Answer

With the amount of energy generated each year from the solar panels expected to be 85,300kWh and The Wine Society’s carbon emission reduction of 44,270kgs per year, their Feed-in Tariff, Export Tariff and savings per year equates to £21,495 RPI Linked.

Avonside Renewables Solar Panel project for The Wine Society
Avonside Renewables Solar Panel project for The Wine Society

What Was the Feed-in-Tariff?

Established in 2010, the Feed-in-Tariff is a government programme with the purpose of encouraging commercial and domestic property owners alike to embrace technology, such as solar photovoltaic (solar PV) panels, that generates renewable and low-carbon electricity. The financial incentive is that licensed electricity suppliers participating in the scheme pay property owners with the qualifying renewable technology installed for both energy generation and the units of electricity they export back to the National Grid (known as the Export tariff).

Update: The Feed-in-Tariff scheme closed to new applicants in April 2019 and since the closure, businesses and households installing renewable technology could be exporting excess electricity back to the National Grid for free. Therefore, the Smart Export Guarantee was been brought into force on 1st January 2020.