Solar panels see greener future for North Wales bakery

North Wales-based Henllan Bakery has installed 155 solar panels to their manufacturing facilities, in a move which the Directors say is part of a more eco-friendly future for the Denbighshire business. 

The solar panel project consists of 111 solar panels on the roof of their bread-making unit while, across the road, 44 panels are on top of the new cake-making facility.

Green-energy specialists Hafod Renewables, who are also a neighbouring business to Henllan, installed the panels, and have said the system would pay for its £30,000 cost through the feed-in tariff in half a decade.

David Jones, Managing Director of Hafod Renewables said; “With the on-site savings of £4,000 a year and because they were in time to take advantage of the feed-in tariff of over £1,500 annually, the system will pay for itself in five years.

“It’s also saving 32 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and that’s equivalent to planting 100 trees a year.”

Tom Moore, Production Director at Henllan Bakery added: “We want to go greener as a company and see this as just the first phase. Over the next two years we want to look at more ways of being environmentally friendly.

“We are investing money in renewables because, as we are expanding the business, the energy bills are going up.

“It makes good business sense when you have an operation that’s running 24/7.”

PHOTO: Henllan Bakery Production Manager Tom Moore (left) and Hafod Renewable Energy Director David Jones outside the bakery. Picture Credit: Mandy Jones