Panels installed to help pack potatoes

Potato supplier Greenvale has installed more than 2,100 solar panels at its Perthshire, Berwickshire, Cambridgeshire and Cornwall sites.

The panels will generate 425,000kWh of electricity a year to help run its packing lines, where the annual output of 500,000 tonnes of potatoes are packed.

Installed in just under a year, the panels will also reduce the company's carbon footprint by the equivalent of more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping to meet its target of a 20 per cent CO2 reduction by 2015.

Its strategy also aims to reduce water use by 50 per cent and to eliminate landfill waste by the end of 2015. In addition, the company has also begun construction of a 110m wind turbine at its site in March, Cambridgeshire, further reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

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