Dorset based renewable energy firm helps garden centre slash energy bills

A Dorset based renewable energy?specialist has helped a family run garden centre to slash its energy bills by fitting solar panels to its roof.

Renewable Energy Investments (REI) arranged for 108 solar panels to be fitted onto the roof of the Staunton Garden?Centre in Gloucestershire.

Brian and Lynn Lewis, who own Staunton Garden Centre, will now buy discounted zero carbon electricity from REI under its Solar Power Purchase Scheme.

The solar system will generate nearly half of the centre?s annual electricity usage, save 9.8 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year and cut ?63,000 from the business?s electricity bills?over the next 20 years.

Zara Thorn, a business development?manager at REI, said: “We are finding increasing numbers of garden centres taking advantage of their large roof spaces.

“Because they don’t incur any costs under our Solar Power Purchase Scheme, they can preserve their capital to spend on their core business.

“Brian and Lynn at Staunton Garden Centre have also already started to making significant savings from their energy?costs, also reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to battle against climate change.”

Brian Lewis started the two-acre garden centre near Gloucester 35 years ago.

He said: “Although well established as a business, we have always moved with the times.

“We started from scratch and over the years we’ve made many changes, including the addition of this solar PV system.?

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