Upgrade brings Welsh producer closer to its net-zero target

Puffin Produce has installed more than 4,000 solar panels, providing enough green energy to power both of its production sites on 100 per cent self-generated electricity at peak output.

The new solar installation at Puffin Produce's Woodlands site

The new solar installation at Puffin Produce’s Woodlands site

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The £1.5m solar energy investment project has covered 6,000 square metres of unused roof space at Puffin’s Woodland and Rosemary Lane sites in Pembrokeshire.

Generating its own green energy is a key part of Puffin’s ESG commitment, through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 46 per cent by 2030 and to become net zero by 2040.

Running at peak output, the company expects to generate 2 MWh, enough to power its entire production and storage operations from the solar installation, saving an estimated 2.4t of CO2e per day.

That means Puffin will be able to offset most of its 3.8 million kWh full-year usage through self-generated electricity, enabling it to hit its 46 per cent emissions reduction commitment ahead of the 2030 target.

‘Catalyst of change’

Puffin Produce chief executive Huw Thomas said: “This investment reaffirms our ambition to be a catalyst of change in an industry that is a significant contributor to UK carbon emissions.

“With electricity being one of the key contributors to our carbon footprint, this investment in solar power is a key commitment in achieving our SBTi science-based targets. We are also pleased that we have been able to deliver the project by working closely with local specialist contractors.”

Puffin worked with Pembrokeshire-based Silverstone Green Energy and Havenkey Electrical Contractors to design and deliver the scheme while also minimising any impact on the sites’ operations. The third partner in the delivery of the project was National Grid.

The Puffin Produce and Silverstone project was recently named regional large-scale project of the year at the Wales Energy Efficiency Awards in Cardiff.