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The heat is on at East Yorkshire nature reserve

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A Yorkshire nature reserve has become even more environmentally friendly thanks to a Harrogate renewable energy company.

Clean Energy (Yorkshire), which is based at Pannal Business Park, installed a solar thermal system to the new refurbished visitor and warden’s facilities at the Tophill Low Nature Reserve, near Beverley.

The company specialises in installing energy saving solutions to both domestic and commercial properties and works across the Yorkshire region.

The scheme for Tophill Low – which is owned by Yorkshire Water – was particularly challenging as the solar panels had to be fitted to the centre’s cedar shingle roof.

The solar thermal system installed at Tophill Low uses heat from the sun to work alongside conventional water heaters and can reduce both carbon emissions and running costs.

Spencer Cassidy, Managing Director at Clean Energy (Yorkshire), said:

“Many groups in charge of running public buildings find energy charges a real concern. We were called in by Mainpro, the main contractor for the new visitor centre, to create a tailor-made, low-impact solution which harvests the sun’s energy.

“We came up with a number of proposals and after careful consideration and consultation they opted for the solar thermal system which is now in place and providing 68oC to heat water.

“This is also the first time a solar thermal system has been fitted to a cedar shingle roof.”

Mr Cassidy added:

“Renewable energy solutions are not just for Grand Designs but for everyday homes and buildings.

“This was a brilliant project for us to be involved with. Not content with protecting just the local environment, the reserve at Tophill Low has taken steps to lower its impact on the global environment too!”

In addition to the solar thermal water heating system the new warden’s base boasts a number of other green credentials.

These include a grey water harvesting system for flushing toilets, boot washing facilities and sensor-activated lighting.

Richard Hampshire from Yorkshire Water said:

“As a company we take our environmental credentials extremely seriously and wherever possible, we take the opportunity to find the most environmentally-friendly solutions with all our projects.

“This was certainly the case with the new warden’s hut and toilet block at Tophill Low Nature Reserve. We have a superb facility for staff and visitors which will now help cut our costs and reduce our carbon footprint.”

The building was designed by Chetwoods Architects of Leeds and the lead contractor was Mainpro.

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The new warden’s hut at Tophill Low nature reserve

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