Denby Pottery granted planning permission for new solar array

Posted on 12 Jul 2023 by The Manufacturer

Derbyshire-based, Denby Pottery has been granted planning permission for a new 2MW solar array, that will see the tableware manufacturer reduce its CO2 emissions by 475 tonnes each year.

The ground-mounted array of DMEGC Solar 550w modules will be delivered in partnership with on-site energy generation specialists, YLEM Energy. YLEM Energy led on the design of the solar array ensuring it would meet the pottery manufacturer’s load requirements for electricity.

Denby Pottery’s partnership with YLEM Energy solidifies its commitment to its wider sustainability agenda, with the pottery manufacturer already sending zero process waste to landfill, which already saves 600 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The solar PV solution will be fully funded through YLEM Energy’s Dynamic Power Purchase Agreement (DPPA), a scheme that sees energy conscious businesses partner with YLEM Energy to secure their electricity consumption at a lower rate than National Grid Supplied Power, at no extra cost.

YLEM Energy’s DPPA works with businesses through the funding stage to the construction and manages bespoke solutions on a business’s behalf. To date, the DPPA has saved YLEM’s customers over 1.1m MtCO2.

Commenting on the approval of planning permission, Ian Gadsby, Managing Director of YLEM Energy said: “With the increasing pressures on the National Grid, I’m pleased to see that a much-loved UK business, has been given approval to guarantee a reduction of its carbon footprint.

“Denby now has a long-term solution that will not only reduce its carbon emissions, but ensure it is protected against any future fluctuations in the electricity market, and ensure this business is around for the next 200 years.”

Operations Director at Denby Pottery, Dean Barlow added: “The granting of approval for our solar array is very much welcomed and further enhances our commitment to sustainability. This is a key step in our pathway to Net Zero 2050, and we hope that further steps that we will need to take in the future will be equally well supported by our local planning authority. Denby is rightly proud of its environmental credentials, and we have a ‘Greenprint’ strategy for continual improvement in the environmental sphere which influences many of our business decisions.”

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