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Tory turns on to solar power with SCCI Energy despite 50% cuts to Feed-in-Tariffs

On the day that 50% cuts to the green subsidy or Feed-in-Tariff scheme come into operation (12 December) a Dorset farmer is urging the farming industry to press ahead with investment in solar power despite the Government cuts backs.

David Tory, a dairy farmer who farms 600 acres near Blandford Forum in Dorset is investing around £135,000 by installing three solar PV systems supplied by the leading renewable energy equipment designer, SCCI Energy at his farm at Tarrant Crawford.

His investment in solar PV installations is expected to yield around £850,000 in energy savings during the next 25 years despite the cuts to the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) scheme and he is expected to make a profit of around £650,000 giving an annual return on his investment of around 16%.

The Government announcement last month of a fifty percent cut to the Feed-in- Tariff rates (FiT) which comes in to operation today took many in the solar power and farming industries by surprise as to its speed and severity. However, David Tory says that despite the cuts, solar PV installations are still a worth while investment for farmers to make.” I expect my solar PV system to start paying for itself within five and a half years, I have looked at all the costs involved and with reductions in manufacturing costs for solar PV panels it is still a viable investment. In fact, with expected rising energy costs in the future it’s a bit of a “no brainer” not to do it. As long as you install a high quality system with a reputable supplier, you should enjoy a good return on your investment.”

Head of SCCI Energy, Lee Bernard says that although the cuts to the FiT scheme have proved to be challenging for the solar power industry it should be able to cope with the changes;” We knew that the cuts to the FiT scheme were to be expected and we were anticipating that manufacturers and the supply chain would cut prices accordingly. But we did not anticipate the extent of the cut and how quickly it was being brought in. It will hit those companies who have a very short-term focus. SCCI Energy however has a longer term strategy and we will continue to provide a competitively priced high quality full turn key solar solution for farmers who are keen to combat increasing energy prices and who want to make a sound business investment.”

The four solar PV systems which include 250 solar panels are being installed on the roofs of the Dorset farm building to supply the farm with 62,000 kwh per year.

David Tory says that making the decision to invest with SCCI Energy was easy to do as it has proved to him that it is one of the best companies on the market: “I have always been interested in renewable energy and when I researched it SCCI Energy was by far the most professional and knowledgeable company giving me enough information and detail to reassure me that I was doing the right thing for my farm for decades to come.”

• Benefits of PV * (Photovoltaic Energy) • Generation of electricity for own use and energy saving • Unused electricity is utilised by local and national communities • To reduce the reliance of fossil fuels • Support the environment through carbon reduction • Financial incentives driven by Feed-In Tariff • Protection from cost of rising electricity prices • Payment of KWH of electricity generated

Notes to Editors

SCCI Energy designs, installs, commissions and maintain renewable energy systems for the domestic, commercial and agricultural sectors. It is a subsidiary of SCC International Ltd, a business with 19 years of installations experience.

For more information about SCCI Energy Ltd please contact Lee Bernard lee.bernard@sccienergy.co.uk. Telephone 0208 6622935 For further press information please contact: Gail Livingstone T/: 01823 252415 M/: 07767 055595 E/: gail@aheadforpr.co.uk Jane Adkins T/: 01935 813114 M/: 07960 698089 E/: jane@aheadforpr.co.uk

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Release Date: 12th December 2011

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