Greenvale goes green as it installs solar PV panels at its site in March

Floods Ferry solar panels

Floods Ferry solar panels - Credit: Archant

POTATO suppliers Greenvale have installed 210 solar photovoltaics (PV) panels at its site in Floods Ferry at March.

The panels, which are positioned on the factory roofs in three grids of 70, can produce up to 50kw of electricity an hour, using sunlight to feed three power invertors on the site.

Greenvale is monitoring the performance of the panels via desk top recorders which give staff real time updates on the amount of electricity being produced.

The panels have already proven to be highly effective, with the unique GreenVale Farm Fresh line now running almost entirely on renewable energy.

Rob Phillips, Greenvale’s Operations and Project Manager at Floods Ferry, said: “Greenvale is dedicated to being a sustainable business and installing solar PV panels is one of our many green initiatives.

“In just four weeks the panels have produced 4,890kw of energy. We will continue to monitor the performance of the panels and then hope to fit more in the next six months to produce a further 200kw on the existing roofs.”

Greenvale handles 600,000 tonnes of potatoes every year, operating from three packaging facilities across the UK.