Haygrove, a horticulture business based in Ledbury, is harvesting solar power to create its own energy.
The 35kW Solar project, which is possibly the largest in the UK, is to generate 30,000 units of electricity each year. Haygrove is using the electricity to power its refrigeration units. 156 solar panels have been installed on the roof-tops of two buildings. Haygrove expects the project to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 17,000 tons every year.
Caplor Energy of Herefordshire has executed the installation of the solar panels. The UK government introduced the Feed-in Tariff scheme in 2010, which means that suppliers of energy are to pay businesses, householders and communities who self- generate power from renewable sources.
Haygrove anticipates making considerable savings on its energy bill, and expects to get £10,000 every year for 25 years.