June 23, 2015
In September 2011, The Carr Hall Home & Garden Centre was fully reliant on two diesel generators, which were having huge financial implications on the business. The generators required 3600 litres of diesel per week to provide power to the complex. The costs of this equated to £2,400 per week.
Due to the economic crisis in the retail industry and the running costs for the business, Carr Hall Garden Centre had to cease the retail operation to the public in December 2013.
Three small to medium sized wind turbines were proposed to the Carr Hall Home & Garden Centre by DC21 Group. The wind turbines were refused planning by Ribble Valley Council on 21st December 2012, but subsequently approved at appeal on 7th November 2013. The three wind turbines were fully commissioned by DC21 in December 2014.
The wind turbine project has enabled the creation of over 300 jobs at the site in 2015. Moreover, the 0.5MW grid connection now provides low cost and low carbon energy for the businesses operating out of the site.
This has been proven to be an invaluable decision by the planning inspectorate as the Garden Centre Facility has now been leased by Mott McDonald Bentley, a major civil engineering company that works closely with the major utility companies.
“If the wind energy scheme had not been installed and approved the windfall that this represents for the local and national economy would have not have been achieved.”
Andrew Donalan, Carr Hall Home & Garden Centre
The turbines are already proving to provide a massive cost saving for the business, whilst reducing the carbon footprint, providing the benefits of job creation and energy security for the local area.
Contact DC21 today on +44 (0) 1484 600099 to discuss your wind turbine requirements.