26 May 2011
Recently I have been attempting to take advantage of a Solar Barn installation, for the production of renewable enrgy or microgeneration, call it what you will.
My farm is currently on single phase but 3 phase, which is required, for a top end production of 50KWs runs past the end of my lane, not 250ms away.
There is also a transfer station that could be converted to a 3 phase (heavy duty) supply, which is not even 100ms away over a field.
After what I would call a lot of faffing around, I finally received quotes from wpd, for connection to the grid on 3 phase:-
across 250ms, and up the lane: would cost between £8-9000.00!
Across the filed and a transformer; would apparently cost £34000.00.
How on earth do you expect small scale producers to justify prices like those, considering the many farms there are in the UK, and the sheer cost implications of farming these days, mnay farmers would love to upscale and renew their farm buildings and make money by just sitting in the sun! However, the barns might be free but how many farmers can afford the totally ridiculous cost of having 3 phase brought to their doors, especially considering the rural distribution of most farms and thus the likelihood of 3 phase running past their doors being as remote as they too are, geographically.
. Good God.
Throw me a bone here...
let me recap that means a 3 phase installation charge of roughly £3000.00s per 100 yds and if one
throws in a transformer, well the sky's the limit, as to cost.
Surely these quotes cannot be right, can someone give me some electrifying feedback please and I'll sell it to the grid.... firstname.lastname@example.org