Ice cream giant goes green with Scotland's largest solar farm

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 28 Sep 2015 11:38
Mackie's of Scotland adds to its green credentials with solar farm
Mackie's of Scotland adds to its green credentials with solar farm

Absolute Solar and Wind Limited in partnership with leading ice cream business Mackie’s of Scotland have completed the country’s largest solar farm.

Consisting of 7,000 solar PV panels generating 1.5million kWh of energy and producing a saving of 850,000 kgs of Co2 emissions each year; the installation is the largest in Scotland to go live.

The site is expected to generate enough energy to produce more than 4milion litres of ice cream a year.

Founded in 2007 by Mark and Richard Newall, Glasgow based Absolute Solar and Wind was born from the ambition to make the world a greener, more economic place. The company were chosen to install the impressive solar farm as part of Mackies’ efforts to become a carbon neutral business.

The installation of the 1.8MW Solar Farm at the fourth-generation family run businesses in Aberdeenshire site is not the first time the two businesses have worked together. Earlier this year Absolute installed a T4 40kW Chip Biomass boiler and 2 x 199kW Biomass boilers in their Aberdeenshire based production factory.

Director and Head of Solar at Absolute Solar and Wind, Andrew McGown, said: “We understand this project to be the largest solar farm installed and connected to the grid in Scotland, and it is a project we are incredibly excited to have been involved in. Solar makes great sense, enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface every hour to meet world energy demand for an entire year. It’s great to see forward thinking companies like Mackie’s embracing this.”

“As with any new installation, we work directly with the client to understand their needs, their business location and their future ambitions. From this, we are able to make recommendations with regards to the best renewable solution available to them.

“After growing significantly over the years, this latest project for Absolute is testament to the core values the company is built on and our desire to be market leaders in the field of renewable energy. Similarly, Mackie’s has over 100 year’s history and it’s fantastic to be on their journey to become a more energy efficient and green business.”

Managing Director of Mackie’s, Mac Mackie, said: “As a business we have always seen the value of renewable energy, from both an economic and an environmental perspective.

“We’re constantly challenging ourselves to be as green as possible, and working with Absolute we feel well placed to ensure that we will always get the best out of our renewable solutions.”

Andrew McGown from Absolute added: “Look no further than the business plan of both companies and you can understand why this partnership is a perfect match.

“Whereas Mackie’s of Scotland’s aim is to ‘become a Scottish global brand from the greenest company in Britain created by people having fun’, here at Absolute our mission is ‘to offer the very best of knowledge while earning the highest respect in the commercial world of Wind, Solar, Biomass and Destratification in Scotland and the North’.

“It is fantastic to have such a strong partnership and this is a relationship that will continue to flourish following this launch.”




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