In 2015, Kanes Foods turned to EvoEnergy to help them build further on their environmental ambitions by installing a solar PV system on their manufacturing site in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Operating from four factories on a 28 acre site in Worcestershire, Kanes Foods are a leading chilled food manufacturer in the UK that includes fresh salads, egg noodles and prepared vegetables.
As part of their bid to reduce their carbon footprint, in 2012 Kanes Foods invested £30m into a new sustainable salad processing ‘eco-Factory’ that included a curved roof covered in grass and wild flowers to allow the rooftop to blend in with the rolling Cotswold hills.
This investment was a huge signal to the industry and its customers that the company held the environment high on their agenda. The decision to invest in a solar array on their neighbouring factory also gave further evidence of their sustainability strategy.
The large unobstructed roof space with minimal shading issues gave EvoEnergy the chance to design an attractive array that was virtually symmetrical using 822 Sharp 250Wp panels.
James Clifford, National Account Manager at EvoEnergy, said:
“From washing salads to transporting packaged vegetable selections, fresh food manufacturing has a large impact on the environment, consuming large amounts of energy, electricity and water. That’s why it’s becoming increasingly important for large food manufacturers to be seen developing ethical food production processes in the eyes of their consumers.
The solar PV array that we installed on top of the Kanes distribution building offsets the heavy consumption of electricity that is required to keep the fresh food chilled before dispatch and therefore increases the sustainability of manufacturer’s supply chain.”
The 205.5 kWp system was installed by a 6-man team in just 7 days with the system expected to generate 162,138 kWh of electricity per year and reduce the company’s CO2 output by over 85 tonnes every year.
In the Summer of 2015, four month’s after the installation, Kanes Foods were pleased to report that the solar PV system had generated 32% above the forecast generation, earning them an extra £2,000 in payments through the feed-in tariff.