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Linwoods invests in 200 solar panels to save costs


John Woods, Managing Director, Linwoods

John Woods, Managing Director, Linwoods

John Woods, Managing Director, Linwoods

Co Armagh food firm Linwoods has invested in 200 rooftop solar panels as part of a £2m development. Linwoods, which produces breads, dairy products and health foods, has appointed Kingspan Energy to install the new solar panels.

The company said the investment would lead to total savings of £355,000 over the next 25 years.

Mel Courtney, general manager of Kingspan Energy said: "Solar PV (photovoltaic) energy is a growing resource in Northern Ireland's renewable energy sector.  

"It is helping companies like Linwoods make significant long term savings in its energy bills and operate in a much more environmentally friendly way, generating electricity in different energy conditions and climates including overcast days as well as on sunny ones."

Linwoods has recently invested in new technology, re-designed packaging and more products for its bakery range.

Managing director John Woods said: "Our business is strongly focused on innovation, development and growth.

"Therefore, it is important that we look at all aspects of continuous improvement.

"The solar PV installation not only generates a financial return in reducing our energy costs but is an excellent way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions."

After starting out in bakery and dairy, Linwoods diversified into 'superfoods' such as milled flaxseed, goji berries, sunflower, sesame and chia seeds, in the early 2000s.