Sunshine and beer - what a combination

Philip Mosley and Richard Gill toasting the plans for the solar panel roof at the brewery.
Philip Mosley and Richard Gill toasting the plans for the solar panel roof at the brewery.
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HERE comes the sun - great news if you’re a real ale fan.

Bradfield Brewery is planning to spend more than £100,000 turning to the sun to make its beer.

The High Bradfield brewery, known for its Farmer beers, has applied for planning permission to fit 158 solar panels on its brewery and storage building roof.

The photovoltaic panels would generate 30,000 kilowatts of electricity a year - enough to power half a dozen family homes.

The system, which will be installed by Hoylandswaine solar panel company Norcroft Electrical, should add up to £11,000 a year in saved electricity bills and feed-in-tariff from the National Grid.

Richard Gill, from the brewery, said: “It fits in with our ethos of using the best and most natural way of doing things.

“We already use water from our own borehole on the farm to make the perfect pint. Now we can harness the sun to help in that process.”

The brewery, based at Watt House Farm, has brewed more than five million pints since the first beer was made in 2005.

The farm had been in the family for three generations, but falling farming income led to the decision to set up the 10-barrel microbrewery.