The UK’s leading ethical tea company based in Dorset is now producing its goods using the power of the sun, cutting its energy bills and reducing its environmental impact.
The new solar scheme, at Clipper Teas in Beaminster, is designed and managed by top UK solar developer Hive Energy. The panels use daylight to generate energy for Clipper’s busy production line that processes and packages its range of organic and fairtrade teas and infusions.
The 89 kWp system on its Beaminster factory roof consists of 342 panels, and creates enough energy to power the equivalent of 20 homesi . The system will also save around 37,025 kg of harmful carbon emissions every year for its 25-year life.
Hive Energy surveyed, designed and will maintain the solar PV (photovoltaic) panel system at no cost to Clipper Teas. The panels were installed by local company Engenius Renewables and the system was up and running in just four weeks. Clipper has a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Hive
Energy to buy the energy generated at a substantially reduced rate compared with the open market. Hive retains the Feed In Tariff (FIT) offered by the government, which enables it to install the system at no cost.
Clipper Teas production manager Tim Wallis said: “As a fairtrade company committed to offering customers a sustainably sourced product, it’s really important that we’re environmentally-conscious too. Hive Energy’s new solar panels are helping to power our production line, and mean we’re also making an excellent saving on energy from more traditional sources.
“Since Hive Energy installed the scheme, our overall energy costs have reduced significantly. This means that in addition to offsetting harmful carbon emissions, our production costs are more predictable and cost-effective.”
Hive Energy’s commercial director, Tim Purbrick, said; “The next time customers have a Clipper tea, they can enjoy it even more knowing that the power of the sun helped to produce it.
“We’ve seen a real surge at the moment in environmentally aware companies like Clipper Teas wanting to use solar energy to power their business. It not only makes them greener but is also a cheaper, more resilient source of energy. This has got to be good for the environment and for British businesses too”.
Clipper Teas will pack a predicted one billion teabags this year at its Beaminster
headquarters. Starting life in a Dorset kitchen in 1984, it has since become one of Britain’s best-loved tea companies. Establishing itself as the UK’s first Fairtrade tea company, Clipper now produces a diverse range of productsfrom ethically-sourced green teas and coffees to fruity infusions and hot chocolates.
Hive Energy has also recently installed another solar scheme in neighbouring Hampshire for
Waitrose, one of the UK’s most popular retailers. Solar power is now helping to power the milking operation at its 4,000-acre Leckford Estate organic farm for its herd of dairy cows.
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About Hive Energy
Hive Energy is an entrepreneurial British company that specialises in solar energy. Founded in 2010 by Giles Redpath, Hive Energy started life installing rooftop solar on barns and farm buildings. From here, it then began creating solar parks on brownfield sites and low grade farmland, and has established a strong track-record of creating clean and renewable energy for both urban and rural users.
Hive Energy is now one of the UK’s leading developers of solar energy on commercial rooftops and solar parks.
It is also a member of the Solar Trade Association.
Britain gets as much as 60% of the solar energy as the Equator on average, making it a great place to harness the power of the sun. Solar panels are a reliable, silent way of making clean, home-grown energy that everyone in the UK can use.
For more information, please visit: www.hiveenergy.co.uk
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