Greencity Wholefoods has completed the installation of solar PV panels on its warehouse and will now be on course to save more than £3,500 a year with an additional small amount of income generated through the Smart Export Guarantee
The Glasgow-based wholesaler used Business Energy Scotland, a programme funded by the Scottish Government, for support to help it tackle the ever-growing energy bills and to help investigate the feasibility of further solar panels on the warehouse following the ones it added 10 years ago.
Scott Erwin, business development manager, said: “We are always trying to adapt and become greener. We want to be able to future-proof ourselves for future generations. Bills have gone up five-fold in recent months. Profitability in an industry like ours is not massive to start with, so adding an extra £60,000 into the mix to cover energy costs negates our ability to reinvest and grow the business.”
Ylva Haglund, head of sustainability and engagement at the Scottish Wholesale Association, said: “The support offered by Business Energy Scotland to Greencity Wholefoods and other members of the Scottish Wholesale Association makes tackling rising energy costs, reducing your impact on the environment, and ultimately helping to future-proof your business an accessible, guided process.”
Douglas Harding, Business Energy Scotland programme director, said: “We were delighted to help Scott with the solar PV installation at Greencity Wholefoods. The business has already achieved a lot and it’s wonderful to support their ongoing commitment to reducing energy use and carbon emissions.”