Saint Austell Printing Company is a family-run business in Cornwall. It was established over 35 years ago by its managing director Peter Moody. The company moved into its purpose-built facility near Saint Austell in 2013.
Before relocating, the company wanted to mitigate rising electricity costs and become more environmentally sustainable. Moving to a brand new facility allowed them to incorporate new ideas for operating more efficiently.
They decided on the following carbon-reducing measures:
- measuring and managing waste
- measuring and managing water and energy use
- installing sensors to control lighting
- harvesting rainwater for flushing toilets
- maximising building design to encourage natural ventilation
- limiting air conditioning units to areas of the business where machinery requires cool temperatures
- delivery planning and tracking system for company vans, saving around 2 tonnes of carbon per year
Installing solar panels to reduce energy bills
The new facility also had plenty of roof space, ideal for installing roof-mounted solar PV panels. They chose a 150kWp solar panel array with 441 panels capable of generating around 130,000kWh of electricity a year.
Despite initial concerns, the installation was completed in two weeks with minimum disruption to the company’s working routine.
Benefits of installing solar panels and managing energy use
Since installing its solar panels, the company has reduced its carbon emissions by 45 tonnes per year and has enjoyed a huge reduction in energy costs. The company has achieved recognition as one of only a handful of UK firms to become an official “Carbon Balanced Printer”.