Owners of a prominent Vale of Belvoir business have announced plans to install £250,000 worth of solar panels in a major new ‘green’ initiative.
Belvoir Fruit Farms, which makes soft drinks from fruits, flowers and spices, will be able to use 93 per cent of the energy the scheme will generate.
Plans lodged with Melton Council’s planners show that 1,000 panels would be put on the trapezoidal roof of the company’s factory building and offices in Barkestone Lane at Bottesford.
Managing director, Pev Manners, said: “As a business we take sustainability and the effects of our actions on the environment very seriously.
“We are at our heart an agricultural business and we use only natural ingredients with the elderflower we use in our drinks grown on our farm and picked from the hedgerows from the local area.
“We are committed to preserving the environment for the future and if generating some of our own electricity helps even a smidgen then I’m all for it.”
The scheme would convert sunlight into power and provide 20 per cent of the annual electricity consumption of the business, according to the plans.
Aside from borough council consent, Belvoir Fruit Farms also require the approval of Western Power to be able to connect the solar panels internally.
Mr Manners added: “So far we have been told that we won’t be able to export any generated electricity to the grid, which is a shame, but, given that 93 per cent will be used by us, at least we will be making use of the electricity generated.
“I firmly believe we are doing what is best for our business and the environment.”