A major leisure development near Melton is reaping the benefits after investing in renewable energy.
Family-run fishery Eye Kettleby Lakes, which boasts holiday lodges and a luxury touring and camping park among its facilities, has installed 300 solar panels directly feeding the clubhouse and lodges.
And power generated by a 24-metre wind turbine directly feeds the touring park, with additional electricity fed back into the grid.
The combined installation is expected to cut the business’s electricity bill by 50 per cent.
General manager Craig Oldham said: “Our target is to become carbon neutral. The panels have been erected on farm buildings which tells a nice story about the diversification of the farm.
“Last year we also added air source fans to each shower and toilet block, which produce all the energy needed for heating the blocks during the winter months.”
One hundred of the site’s solar panels were installed by Burrough-on-the-Hill based Myriad CEG Ltd. It’s expected those panels will have saved about £5,000 in the first year. With the feed-in tariff retail price index fixed and rising electricity prices more savings are expected in the future.