Posted on: 02/06/2016
Aberdeen & Northern Eggs process 4 million eggs a week, powering their operations with an onsite wind turbine. Business Development Manager, Stephen McInally tells us more about the family-owned project.
In 2010 Aberdeen and Northern Eggs invested around £1.2 million in a wind turbine to power farm buildings and packing lines at its business.
On a windy day the 800kW turbine is able to power its entire production facility with renewable electricity, and it earns money by supplying spare output to the grid via a Power Purchase Agreement.
The company, which is behind the Farmlay brand, has since commissioned 200kW of solar PV and replaced its gas heaters with a woodchip-fuelled biomass plant which heats water before it is pumped to rearing units to keep chicks warm.
Robert Chapman, who runs the family-owned enterprise at Strichen in Aberdeenshire, says financial benefits are not the only consideration.
“We are retailers as well as farmers, and consumers are increasingly looking to the businesses they buy from to demonstrate sustainability,” he said.
“Investing in renewable energy is a win-win for the business as it reduces our costs as well as helping our operations be more environmentally-friendly.”
Read more case studies in our latest Energy Entrepreneurs Report, which documents last year’s growth in independent renewable generation across Great Britain.