Could the sun shine on stud farm owners?

Jason Kingsley on Warlord by the barn at Tournament Stud,Biddlesden which is being fitted with solar panels pending planning permission.'110529M-C785
Jason Kingsley on Warlord by the barn at Tournament Stud,Biddlesden which is being fitted with solar panels pending planning permission.'110529M-C785

THE founders of one of Europe’s biggest video game developers are forging new green credentials with a solar array in Biddlesden.

Jason and Chris Kingsley founded Rebellion Developments in 1992 in Oxford, creating the first Alien vs Predator game, but as a separate business run Tournament Stud at Syresham Fields Farm.

They have spent the last three years building up the farm, which breeds and trains horses for film, television and re-enactments.

They have submitted a planning application to South Northants Council to install 320 solar panels on the roof of an existing building at the farm.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Jason Kingsley said: “We’re very excited about the possibility of carbon neutral energy. It is nice to be in the position to help ensure the environment’s future, even in this small way.”

He added ever since they had taken on the farm around three years ago they had been trying to get it back into working order.

He said: “We do events on the top field, live action role playing. People camp for the weekend for fantasy role playing events, usually Lord of the Rings and use our facilities.

“My main business is in Oxford, and Tournament Stud is my personal passion. We just found the right location and the right people.”

If approved, the solar array is expected to produce just under 100 kilowatt hours and will produce excess energy.

“It is regarded as one of the largest of the small scale arrays, according to the Government,” he said.

“It will pretty much take up the whole of the south slope of the roof. It is an expensive system to install but the calculations are it will pay for itself in seven to eight years.

“And we are unlikley to to use more than 20 kwh so we will be exporting energy.”

The project could cost a more than £100,000 and the Kingsleys have received help from the bank to get it up and running.

Rebellion Developments has grown over the years, acquiring Core Design in Derby, responsible for the Lara Croft, Tomb Raider series.