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Yeo Valley has installed over 1,500 solar panels at its Newton Abbot Production facilities as part of its sustainable business plan.

The £600,000 installation is the third major solar project growing Yeo Valley’s renewable energy production, with a further £5 million being spent over the next five years to harness even more renewable energy to power their operations.

Yeo Valley’s Karl Tucker said “The installation at our Newton Abbot production site is another milestone towards our ambition to be 50% self-sufficient in our electricity usage over the next 10 years. Sustainability is an essential part of Yeo Valley, which is why we will continue to invest in green technologies to help build a more sustainable future.”

The solar system installed has an output of over 623 MWh of green electricity per year; the equivalent of powering 207 houses for a year with green electricity. The project has also provided the opportunity for Yeo Valley to reinsulate the roof for efficiency, longevity and environmental benefits.

In 2014, over one acre of solar panels were installed at Yeo Valley’s Holt Farm dairy in Blagdon producing 465 MWh (megawatt hours) of electricity per year. In addition, Yeo Valley worked with Coombe Farm, at its production site in Crewkerne, to install 5Mw of solar panels in the surrounding fields. In 2021, we completed a large-scale £1 million installation of more than 3,300 solar panels at Isleport Distribution centre, Highbridge, which has an output of over 1,000 MWh (megawatt hours) of green electricity per year.

Yeo Valley’s sustainable development business plan will continue in 2022, focusing on solar energy projects, hydrogen lorries, electric vehicles and packaging. As well as its ambitious regenerative organic farming project which is measuring and mentoring supplying organic dairy farms on their soil health and soil carbon sequestration.

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