Waitrose milks solar for energy savings

On of Waitrose’s dairy farms is being powered by solar energy. Its Leckford Estate farm has a solar array with a capacity of 186KW. It provides energy to run the […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

On of Waitrose’s dairy farms is being powered by solar energy.

Its Leckford Estate farm has a solar array with a capacity of 186KW.

It provides energy to run the farm’s lighting and power the milking machines for its herd of 600 dairy cows.

The solar panels are expected to save more than 71,000kg of carbon emissions every year and help Waitrose cut its energy bills and reduce its environmental impact.

Andrew Hoad, Head of the Leckford Estate farm said: “Waitrose has made a firm commitment to reduce its carbon emissions and installing solar panels at the Leckford Estate is just one of the ways in which we’re trying to do this.

“Making our own renewable energy on-site is also a great investment for our business. It means our milking parlour has a significantly lower carbon footprint.”

British solar company Hive Energy is responsible for the installation and maintenance of the solar system.