SSE helps build eco farmhouse in Wales

Farm House

SSE is helping to build an ‘eco-farmhouse’ in Wales, which has already been hailed as an exemplar of sustainable excellence. Green technologies that have been installed by SSE Enterprise Contracting and will be used include solar panels, a biomass boiler, thermal storage, rainwater harvester and a battery bank to store surplus electricity.

The scheme, at Maes Yr Onn Farm in Manmoel, South Wales, has seen SSE working alongside farmer Arthur Davies,

Caerphilly County Borough Council and Building Research Establishment (BRE) to create an entirely sustainable, two-storey farmhouse.

Mr Davies, 57, has always dreamed of building his own house at the farm, which dates back to 1825 and was bought by his late father in 1946. Mr Davies took over running the family business 34 years ago.

Planning permission was granted in May 2011 for the remote site as its lack of connection to mains electricity, gas, water and sewerage systems provided the perfect opportunity to harness the renewable energy opportunities available to the farm.

Farm owners Mr and Mrs Davies moved into temporary accommodation a year ago to begin the ‘off-grid’ renewable venture. Green technologies that have been installed by SSE Enterprise Contracting and will be used include solar panels, a biomass boiler, thermal storage, rainwater harvester and a battery bank to store surplus electricity.

Jo Horrigan, SSE National Development Director (Wales) said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate a shift in confidence about using renewable technologies. This project will showcase the benefit and efficiency of using sustainable, renewable technologies.

“We will also be able to monitor the benefits in order to understand the true challenges of off- grid living and replicate the lessons learnt.”

Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said: “The project at Maes Yr Onn Farm presented the council with the opportunity to truly embrace renewable and sustainable technologies, and working alongside our partners for the past year we have seen the building works progress and the farmhouse take shape. As the works near completion, we can look forward to seeing the green technology that makes this project unique in action.”

A flickr gallery has been created to illustrate the progress of the building works. The Living Life “Off the Grid” gallery can be viewed here. 

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