The Bowgie fulfils green vision

Sally Pickles and Matthew Shepherd

The Bowgie Inn has joined forces with ZLC Energy to install renewable and low carbon energy solutions in a bid to become more sustainable.

As part of its recent refurbishment, The Bowgie Inn in Crantock has taken huge steps in its efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. The historic Cornish pub was granted planning consent in 2018 and has been working closely with fellow ZLC Energy to implement a number of renewable solutions ever since.

Bowgie Inn owner Sally Pickles said: “We first teamed up with ZLC Energy in 2017, when they installed a solar PV system at The Bowgie. Their work and values were so in line with the vision we have for our pub, a lot of the decisions made around our refurbishment were made with ZLC in mind.

“It’s been particularly rewarding partnering with them to design bespoke solutions for The Bowgie. Parts of the building here date back to the 1700’s so to bring such a historic venue into the eco-friendly, sustainable present has been so exciting.”

The solar PV system included 21kw of solar panels and three inverters to generate electricity directly from sunlight. A ground heat source pump has also been installed, which supplies underfloor heating throughout the bar.

This previous work was part-funded through a grant from the Carbon Trust, which allowed the pub to make the necessary adaptations to protect its decades-long heritage and layout. And further eco-development is in the cards.

Pickles added: “The installations we have facilitated with ZLC are a real feat of engineering and look very impressive, but what we really love about them is their efficiency and the benefits they create through moving away from fossil fuels.

“We no longer have a coal fire or oil-based heating at The Bowgie, but the bar is warmer and cosier than ever. We won’t stop there either, we’re currently looking into adding charging points for electric vehicles to our car park.”

ZLC managing director, Matthew Shepherd, said: “We’ve really enjoyed working on these two projects with The Bowgie. It’s great to see a family-run business investing in the future with renewable technologies such as solar PV and GHSP, adding a new green chapter to their history – we can’t wait to work with them on more exciting and progressive projects moving forward.”