Biggleswade-based Bedfordshire Growers has generated over 48,000 kW hours of electrical power during the last year following the installation of 80 solar panels on the roof of their vegetable distribution centre on Potton Road.
The 48,000 kWh that the business now generate means an annual saving of over 26 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The life span of solar panels is 50 years, which means that Bedfordshire Growers will be generating 2.4 million kWhs and saving over 1300 tonnes of the greenhouse gas.
Tim Elcombe, sales director of Bedfordshire Growers, said: “We initially decided to install solar panels to offset the cost of the electricity we use, but didn’t realise just how much saving it would mean. Despite a couple of weeks when the panels were covered in snow so couldn’t operate effectively, we shall still generate close to 50,000 kW of power this year.”