Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth made a huge step towards its net zero carbon goal this week, by installing a new solar array next to the car park.

Apley Farm Shop, between Telford and Bridgnorth

The state of the art panels installed by Noble Green Energy, took just over a week to install, and will produce just over 90% of the complexes daytime electricity. Combined with the existing solar panels on the Play Barn roof, this popular destination is now 100% self-sufficient in power from renewable energy.

18.4 tonnes of carbon saved every year

A predicted 67,500kWh per year will be generated by the new solar array savings around 18.4 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Any surplus energy not required by the Farm Shop and it’s associated Cafe, Playbarn and onsite retail outlets, will automatically be fed back into the grid.

Green electricity is not the only renewable energy source onsite. Heating is already provided by a wood chip boiler system with fuel sustainably sourced from the Apley Estate through its accredited woodland management programme.

Lord Gavin Hamilton, owner of Apley, said:

“Caring for our environment is at the heart of the way we work and how we make major decisions at Apley – from the farm shop to the way we manage our woodlands, agriculture and other business to make lasting environmental improvements across the whole of the estate.

This solar array is one of a number of positive steps we are taking towards our target of net zero carbon.

The Apley Team has a real commitment to the environment, greater biodiversity and net zero carbon as part of our overall Apley Plan. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Apley Farm Shop opening to the public, and we’ve got a series of exciting events and announcements to make throughout the rest of the year.”

A huge congratulations to Apley Farm Shop team from Mossy HQ. It is great to see a business putting environmental policy at the heart of their decision making. We look forward to visiting again soon!

Management Team at Apley Farm Shop by their new solar array (Photo: Shropshire Star)
Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot