Vegetable farm spends £1million on solar panels

Bartletts of Chatteris, who have spent �1m putting solar panels on their roof. Photo supplied
Bartletts of Chatteris, who have spent �1m putting solar panels on their roof. Photo supplied
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A farm in the Peterborough area has just invested £1 million creating a huge roof mounted solar panel system in a bid to cut energy costs.

Alan Bartlett and Sons (Chatteris) Limited has commissioned the installation of more than 4,000 solar photovoltaic panels that are expected to generate up to 1.2 Megawatts of on-site energy.

Andrew Foster, the firm’s finance director, said: “The solar panel installation at the Chatteris factory is a significant investment for the company.

“The installation will achieve material cost savings for the business and at the same time greatly contribute to our carbon footprint reduction ambitions.”

It is thought the solar panels will ensure a major reduction in electricity bills during the 25 year lifespan of the equipment.

The farm was bought in 1968 and is a family-owned farming, processing and packaging business with 3,600 acres of carrots and parsnips under harvest throughout the year that are sold to supermarkets.