In 2011 we took a big step towards reducing our carbon footprint and installed a 242 kilowatt solar array which directly powers the business. Energy is generated by over 1,000 photovoltaic panels and it gives us independence from rising energy costs as well as allowing us to offer greener holidays.
During this project we became members of WREN (Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network) who are a co-operative and whose aims are to establish a low carbon economy within Wadebridge and the surrounding parishes. We are committed to contributing a percentage of our generated income above a set threshold each year to their community fund.
The solar panels also power our electric vehicle charging station, which guests are welcome to use free of charge. A four hour charge is enough to power an electric car for 100 miles
Looking after our environment is something that is very important to us, so we’re always on the look out for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. In our latest step to providing greener holidays, we’ve installed a wood chip-fuelled biomass boiler which will heat some of our cottages and the swimming pool.
We have installed a 199 kW ETA boiler which will supply us with around 260,000 kW hours of heat a year.
This is enough energy to heat the swimming pool and seven of our cottages. We’ve also laid a pipe close to a further seven cottages so we’ll be able to supply these with heat in the future. The new boiler is a great addition to our solar panels and electric car charging points in providing eco-friendly energy.
We also make sure we apply eco-friendly measures to our farm too. Find out more about our environmental farming.