Green heating for 18th century estate

A historic Derbyshire country house, set in over 300 acres of trees and parkland is captivating visitors with its green approach to heating, by prominently displaying Grant Renewables in its gardens. 

The magnificent family owned Locko Estate is the current ancestral home of the Drury-Lowe family.  It dates back to the 18th Century and is situated near the village of Spondon.

Local family oriented installers, Nigel and Lee Grice were tasked with finding an efficient method of heating the Estate’s outdoor swimming pool.  Having installed Grant products in the past, they opted for a Grant Solar Thermal water heating system, comprising six Sahara collectors, using a flat roof mounting arrangement.

The collectors were situated within the remnants of a large listed structure once used a green house.  Despite having to overcome a lengthy run between the collectors and pump station, through well groomed gardens, the system was installed in just under one week.  Linked into the existing Certikin pool boiler with the addition of a specialised pool heat exchanger, the solar is estimated to save in excess of 1000 litres of oil every year.

Nigel Grice commented: ‘The arrangement is working well and the owners are very pleased with the results.   Grant Solar Thermal is an impressive system and now we’ve fitted a few, installation is simply a doddle’.

Grant’s solar thermal range includes many unique components such as Grant DuoWave twin-coil unvented cylinders, multifunctional controller with LCD display and two alternative styles of collector, ‘Sahara’ and ‘Aurora’, which incorporate specially developed, 4mm, low iron glass that maximises solar absorption and minimises reflection.  There are various mounting arrangements for the collectors, including on-roof, in-roof and flat roof kits, both landscape and portrait, so siting should be straightforward, whatever the situation.

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