Brakes has completed the solar installation at its Aylesford depot, with 1million kWh of renewable energy now powering the Aylesford depot and the 2,400 solar panel system providing almost a quarter of the site’s energy requirement and will save the equivalent of approximately 200 tonnes of carbon every year.
The Aylesford project is part of a phased programme of renewable energy projects that will see the company generate renewable energy at sites across Great Britain. It is also It is the latest step towards the science-based targets set out by Sysco, Brakes’ parent company, to cut carbon emissions by 27.5% between 2019 and 2030, and to move to 100% renewable electricity.
Peter Owen, Sysco GB engineering and environment Director, said: “We are helping to meet Sysco’s challenging global carbon reduction goals by tackling the energy consumption in our own transport and infrastructure here in Britain. We’ve seen this work well in Harlow with our first 1MW solar array. Now, our ambition is to roll this out and install solar wherever possible across our estate – generating our own source of renewable, clean energy. This is key to our decarbonisation strategy.”