British catering manufacturer Parry Group has gone green by installing more than 500 solar panels on the roof of its factory in Derbyshire.
The plant will now receive 50% of its energy from the sun and with a seven-year lease on the property the 540 panels are expected to pay their way in no time.
Gary Rose, managing director of Parry, said the move would help relieve pressure on overheads in the wake of growing utility prices.
“The rising cost of energy is a concern for us and we have quite a large expanse of roof for the panels,” he explained. “We took advantage of the Carbon Trust scheme to help finance the installation and the savings that we are making on our energy bills are paying for the lease.”
The solar panels are expected to have a working life of around 20 years, during which time the company said it anticipates making “significant” savings.
Parry operates a 46,000 square foot factory and employs 80 members of staff. It despatches around 750 orders a week from the facility.
Rose said that as a manufacturer Parry is increasingly being driven to produce eco-friendly products and the installation of the panels takes its overall green philosophy one step further.
Around 90% of Parry’s catering products are both designed and manufactured at its Draycott factory, making it one of Britain’s largest producers of commercial catering equipment.