Environmental Matters

Solar Power

We here at Pillow Wad are passionate about preserving our natural environment. We are proud to announce that we have installed a 50 kW solar panel system on the roofs of our barns. This 200 panel system will produce clean, renewable energy for at least 25 years; reducing our carbon footprint by up to 23.9 Tonnes per year. This will proved around 25% of our total energy requirements.

Our farming methods aim to preserve the land in a sustainable manner and we are now looking at making our production methods as sustainable. So you can be sure that the hay we supply is the greenest in the market.

 

How do solar panels (PV) cells work?

PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.

The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer