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Wyke Farms has increased its renewable energy production with a new Wincanton solar array

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 21:30
By Paloma Lacy

Wyke Farms solar array on the roof of a new building on Bennetts Field Trading Estate

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producer of renewable energy, has further invested into its “100% Green” sustainability plan with a new array of solar panels installed on the roof of its brand-new packing hall dispatch building at its Wincanton site on Bennetts Field Trading Estate.

The 288 panels will create 96kW of solar energy per hour and will be used to power the firm’s new chilled export dispatch store and state of the art packing lines. Both new buildings are due to be complete by September and will be fitted with heat reclaiming air source heat pumps to produce hot water and heating for the offices from the heat created by the chillers.

"Back in 2010, I was quoted as saying that we are a business that believes in the principles of sustainability. Since then, we have been named as Europe’s most sustainable business, but it doesn’t stop there; continual development of our green portfolio is a given. Our aim now is industry change.

"This is now our fourth business solar array set, which takes us forward with our commitment to position solar on all of our South-facing roofs where we use daytime power. Reducing carbon, for us, is really lower cost."

 - Rich Clothier, Managing Director and third generation family member at Wyke Farms

Wyke Farms’ continual investment in, and commitment to green energy forms part of the company’s “100% Green” sustainability plan, through which they have dramatically reduced their carbon footprint and become the first national Cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient, using their own energy generated from solar and biogas.

Wyke Farms cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar-making region in Somerset.

Wyke Farms products are available in selected Lidl stores, including Wincanton, and in South West UK ASDA, Co-op and Tesco stores. All products are available online at wykefarms.com/shop.

Wyke Farms solar array viewed from South Street

Wyke Farms, Wyke Champflower, Bruton, Somerset




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