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One of the largest solar photovoltaic installations in the region has been installed at the Yorkshire Showground by a company from Tockwith.

Duncan Renewables took less than four weeks to complete the 245kw project, which comprises 980 Suntech panels and covers more than 1,600m sq of roof space at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s headquarters.

With an expected electricity generation of more than 200,000 kwh each year - enough power for 50 houses - the society looks to save around £15,000 per annum. Additionally, there will be an estimated reduction of 175,000 kg in CO2.

Duncan Renewables manager, Richard Peat, said: ”This was a unique opportunity for us to work with one of the most revered organisations in the North of England. There is no better way to showcase the benefits of solar PV, especially at a commercial level, than to have an installation at a site that attracts more than 500,000 people per annum.”

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “Operating in a sustainable way is very important to us. Being a year-round exhibition centre, we have a significant electricity requirement and installing solar panels was an obvious step we could take to reduce both our costs and our carbon footprint.

“The scale of the project was somewhat daunting but Duncan Renewables has done a first class job in managing the installation from the initial planning permission application right through to registering the system with OFGEM. Due to the number of events we hold here, there was a narrow window within which to complete the project but the team from Duncan Renewables worked efficiently to ensure that the system was up and running in time for The Great Yorkshire Show.”

Duncan Renewables, based at the Rudgate Business Park, has grown significantly over the past two years, building on the team’s plumbing and heating background to specialise in offering a full turn-key service in the green technologies of the future such as solar PV, solar thermal and biomass heating. The expansion has created around 20 new jobs, with the company’s customer base extending across Yorkshire & Humberside and beyond.

Mr Peat added: “We’re currently working with many local businesses to help them see how they can generate revenue from renewable technologies. The introduction of the renewable heat incentive means that, in addition to solar projects, we are seeing significant demand for our biomass expertise.”