CleanEarth’s latest solar installation went live at the end of October, on the roof of Hillbrush’s main facility near Mere in Wiltshire.
As a company dedicated to keeping the world’s workplaces clean, it’s not surprising that Hillbrush are also committed to clean energy. They are the UK’s largest manufacturer of high-quality brushware and hygienic cleaning tools, and recently opened a purpose-built manufacturing and office building at Norwood Park which clearly demonstrates their environmental credentials.
Meeting environmental targets
The 245KWp, 960-panel, roof-mounted solar array will generate over 200,000 kWh of electricity a year – cutting 73 tonnes of carbon emissions in the process. This is a key element of Hillbrush’s environmental policy, which has also seen the installation of sensor-controlled LED lighting, energy-efficient moulding machinery, and electric car charging points.
As well as meeting the company’s sustainability goals, the solar PV system will also help protect Hillbrush against volatile energy prices. The system was designed so that almost all of the self-generated electricity is consumed on-site. As CleanEarth’s Operations Director, Tristan Grimes, explains: “this means they can fix a substantial part of their electricity costs for the next 25 years, helping them remain competitive in the global market.”
Being a busy manufacturing site, it was important that the project was managed without disruption to the day-to-day operations, and CleanEarth completed the installation within two weeks with minimal impact on the business.
Hillbrush Managing Director, Philip Coward, says: “From initial contact through to completion, CleanEarth were very efficient and straightforward to deal with. There was never any delay in obtaining information, and the installation was carried out in a very short time with no disruption to our business.”
CleanEarth have installed more than 500 solar PV systems in the UK, contributing to a total of 50MW of solar and wind generation capacity across the country. The project for Hillbrush, in adding to this, represents another step towards a cleaner future.