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UK Garden center goes green with solar panels

More than 100 new solar panels are being installed at Toad Hall garden center in Henley. Tony Stubbs, who owns the business off Marlow Road, wants it to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Sphere Energy Solutions, of Bagshot, is installing the 50kw/h solar PV system on top of the shop at the center. This will provide 45,000 kilowatt-hours of power per year. 

Mr. Stubbs, who has been running the business since 1972, said: “It makes sense. Doing this is what I feel everyone can do to help be more environmentally friendly. The panels should pay for themselves in four to five years then it’ll be profit after that so it makes a lot of economic sense too.

“I just wish that every business in Henley did the same thing then we wouldn’t have a problem and the price of electricity would plummet.  The solar panels will power the shop and our homes, which are round the corner, and hopefully, in the future, we can power the café as well.”

The garden center already has solar panels on some buildings which were installed about five years ago. Mr. Stubbs said these had given him a “taste” of the benefits before he ordered the latest 110.

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