With demand for renewable energy rising, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced the opening of a brand new solar farm in West Yorkshire.
Set to supply 15% of the electricity to power Europe's largest soft drinks factory, the solar farm covers eight hectares (the size of 12 football pitches) and will produce up to five mega watts of energy.
Located 1.5 miles from CCEP’s Wakefield site, it is directly connected to the factory via a series of underground cables, delivering a part of the site’s total electricity use as part of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
The project will help to reduce the site’s operational carbon footprint by 8.6%, with approximately 900 cans and 330 PET bottles produced using renewable electricity every minute.
With the combination of its £1m combined heat & power (CHP) system and the solar energy, it is estimated that around 3,800 tonnes of CO2 will be saved at the Wakefield site per year – equal to taking more than 1,700 cars off the road.
'As a resident and business owner near Wakefield, I’m very excited to be working with one of the world’s largest brands on such a worthwhile initiative, harnessing renewable energy from Yorkshire to bring soft drinks to people across the country,' Stephen Butterfield, landowner of the solar farm site, said. 'It’s fantastic to be utilising my land to support local manufacturing, and in a way that helps to protect our environment.'