East Cambusmoon is all electric, with power generated on site from three solar photovoltaic arrays totalling 22kWpk capacity, with excess solar power stored in grid-connected batteries.
The PV panels produce energy we use on the farm, which includes the two holiday cottages, our house, office and outbuildings, plus charging for our own and our guests' electric vehicles. Any excess power we produce goes back to the grid once the batteries and cars are fully charged. When we need to import more power, this comes from a 100% renewable supplier.
The cottages have been renovated to an exceptionally high standard of energy efficiency, being well insulated and draught free. Heating and hot water are provided by a combination of a ground source heat pump and solar thermal panels.
"We have been amazed at how warm the cottages have been."
– The Smiths & The Carruths