Refrigeration maker raises the roof with green factory project

Williams Refrigeration solar panels on factory roof

British refrigeration maker Williams has revealed that it expects to cut its CO2 emissions by 297 tonnes a year following a major investment in making its factory greener.

The company had a massive photovoltaic solar panel system installed across two of the roofs at its Kings Lynn plant earlier this year and claims that it is already seeing the benefits.

The system, comprising 2,298 panels, is one of the largest rooftop installations in Europe. Williams said the panels will generate 496,000kWh of electricity per year, which will result in the emissions saving and slash energy costs “dramatically”.

Tim Smith, managing director of Williams, said: “The PV installation is part of The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and the latest project under our Greenlogic initiative — which commits us to developing eco-friendly refrigeration, whilst minimising the impact of our manufacturing on the environment.”

Smith added that the manufacturer, which is owned by the Ali Group, has held ISO14001 Environmental Management certification for all its global operations since 2009.

“Increasingly our customers are focused on their own environmental commitments. Many of the larger groups look to us, as their supplier, to support these objectives. At Williams we are all very proud of our ‘green’ record, which this installation enhances enormously.”

Williams used installer Styles & Wood to fit the solar panels. The scheme took 12 weeks to complete without any disruption to the factory floor.

“New incentives and funding options are allowing more progressive companies to take up the option of solar PV, which in the past would have been too difficult and costly,” said Smith. “They can make an important contribution to the UK’s carbon reduction objectives.”

The deployment of solar panels on manufacturing premises is by no means unprecedented in the British foodservice equipment sector. Two years ago, Parry Catering Equipment installed more than 500 solar panels on the roof of its factory in Derbyshire. As a result, the plant now receives 50% of its energy from the sun.

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