Kingsland Wines & Spirits lights the way with solar panel installations
The largest independent wine bottler in the UK, Kingsland Wines & Spirits, has boosted its green profile by installing solar panels to its factory roof.
When operating at maximum output, the panels will generate enough energy to enable 70% of the factory to run solely off solar energy.
Kingsland employs 300 people and supplies around 70 million litres of wine a year to customers including the Co-operative Group, Tesco, JW Lees and Daniel Thwaites.
In addition, 75% of the lighting in both the factory and the warehouse has been changed to high frequency / low energy fittings which uses around 50% less energy compared to the previous light fittings.
The new bulbs last three times longer and, where possible, 'dusk to dawn' lighting controls have been installed so that lighting only comes on at night when it is required.
Kingsland manufacturing director Mark Dixon said: "Kingsland endeavour to continue its environmentally-conscious initiatives across its entire business operations. We have chosen to install the solar panels and light fittings to support our ongoing plans of considering the environment within our strategies, practices and products."