Wind power drives Devon depot

North Devon wholesaler Philip Dennis Foodservice has invested £1.2m in green energy technology.

The 80 metre high, 800Kw wind turbine will generate 100% of the Ilfracombe depot’s electricity needs (60% of the whole company’s electricity requirements) with spare capacity to be sold back to the National Grid.  It will also save almost 13.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Philip Dennis has a turnover of more than £30m supplying frozen, chilled and ambient products to the catering industry as well as fresh meat and fish.

The business has already invested in environmentally positive initiatives and green technology with a new refrigeration system, motion sensitive lighting and the installation of 217 photovoltaic panels generating 50Kw of electricity.

John Dennis, Philip Dennis Foodservice chairman, said: “Our electricity costs rose by 63% between 2006 and 2009 from £105k to £170k, at our Ilfracombe depot. These look set to spiral further in the coming decade, and the Carbon Trust recommended we look into renewables, like wind power.

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