British farming and food business Bernard Matthews look to take advantage of the financial opportunities of green energy by installing 10,000 solar panels across 11 farms.
Bernard Matthews are aiming towards 2016 to be 100% self-sufficient in renewable electricity and carbon neutral by 2020.
RenEnergy completed the first installation in late March, resulting in a 30% reduction in the use of grid electricity, in addition to the site operating self-sufficiently for a considerable amount of time during the day.
The solar installations on turkey farms will generate an additional 2.5MW, accounting for up to 50% of each site’s electricity demand.
Commenting on the success of the installation, procurement manager Stuart Read said: “We will benefit from the lower operating costs for years to come.”
The project consists of 19 roof and ground mounted arrays, containing 10,000 PV panels paired up with 110 inverters, supplied by Austrian firm Fronius.
The solar project shows the ambition for green energy also installing 9 wind turbines on 3 farms, each generating 2.3MW of energy. Bernard Matthews have successfully earned over £100m externally with investors who are eager to gain rewards from government backed green energy schemes.