Two Kent farms in Bobbing and Hoo full solar panel roof challenge which might energy 317 houses

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Work on two farms in Kent to complete one of the largest rooftop solar panels in the UK has been completed.

The apple and pear producer AC Goatham & Son has teamed up with BeBa Energy to equip two of its 25 farms with the energy-saving panel.

Solar panels were built on the roof of Howt Green Farm in Bobbing near Sittingbourne (44350767).

They used the existing roof space at their locations on Howt Green Farm near Bobbing, Sittingbourne and Flanders Farm in Hoo for the solar panels.

The new panels will help power the farms’ packaging and refrigeration rooms and generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 317 four-bedroom homes.

Ross Goatham said: “This project started in the summer of 2020 and involves the installation of solar panels on all available roof areas on both Flanders Farm and Howt Green Farm.

“This is an important step for our business as it helps us further reduce the carbon footprint of our growth and sales activities.

“Renewable energies are a critical component in the UK’s plans to achieve a climate neutral economy and agriculture by 2050 and the top fruit industry is playing an important role in helping the government achieve this.”

Flanders Farm at Hoo is one of two farms in Kent to receive solar panels (44350763).Flanders Farm at Hoo is one of two farms in Kent to receive solar panels (44350763).

Shun Beattie, Director of BeBa Energy, added: “Working with the Goatham team in developing this project has been a pleasure.

“If the UK is to achieve its net zero ambitions by 2050, business must do its part. This Goatham investment shows how seriously they take their responsibilities.”

More information about AC Goatham & Son can be found here or BeBa Energy here.

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