Solar Power Is The Way Forward For Farms And Rural Businesses

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If proof were needed that solar power can be an efficient and cost-effective means for running a farm or rural business, the fact that Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has decided to install a second 49.82 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system after only one year is.

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company

If proof were needed that solar power can be an efficient and cost-effective means for running a farm or rural business, the fact that Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has decided to install a second 49.82 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system after only one year is.

Last year, Yorkshire Dales Meat Company installed solar panels on the main roof of its state-of-the-art meat preparation facility, in conjunction with Wakefield-based Investment Renewables. The solar panel Yorkshire Dales Meat Company originally installed with Investment Renewables has proved so successful in reducing a significant proportion of the company’s electricity costs that it is planning to install another.

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has seen a huge reduction in the company’s carbon footprint since installing the solar panels, with the annual CO2 displacement figures far higher than expected. Yorkshire Dales Meat Company prides itself on using natural resources and sees minimising its impact on the environment as a vital part of the running of the business.

To further reduce the company’s carbon footprint, Managing Director, Stephen Knox has planted a two and a half acre broadleaved wood and created a three and a half acre trout lake adjacent to the meat preparation facility. The company also recently developed a more sustainable packaging solution for its products, using recyclable materials and delivers its products to customers on returnable trays.

Managing Director of Yorkshire Dales Meat Company Stephen Knox said: “We’ve definitely been convinced of the huge benefits for a sizeable rural business like ours using renewable energy from the prospective of reducing running costs but also in terms of reducing any impact on the surrounding environment.

“If we hadn’t been so convinced, we wouldn’t be looking to make further investment into renewable energy.”

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company is a family-run catering butchers supplying top UK restaurants, hotels and event venues with the highest quality meats.

The business also supplies ASDA supermarkets throughout Yorkshire with a range of burgers, meatballs and steaks.

The ecological policies Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has put in place have resulted in a more ethical and sustainable business, able to demonstrate to its customers the positive impact the company’s methods are having on the environment. By keeping customers informed about this aspect of the business Yorkshire Dales Meat Company is also in a strong position to inspire other companies to adopt stronger eco-policies.

Wakefield-based Investment Renewables specialises in the installation and maintenance of small - medium scale Wind Turbines and Solar PV systems. It holds full MCS accreditation in both technologies and is a member of the Real Assurance Scheme. It only offers products that are MCS accredited, guaranteeing eligibility to receive the Government-backed incentivised payments for onsite generation of clean energy through the 'Clean Energy Cashback Scheme' FITs.

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For images of the solar panel installation, please see below:

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For an ariel view of the factory, please see below:

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