Dale Farm launches largest dairy industry wind farm

Pictured at the solar farm at Dale Farm’s Dunmanbridge cheese facility are Chris McAlinden, group operations director alongside farmer David Beggs, one of the Dale Farm's cooperative members, who supplies the company with milk from his farm nearby in Cookstown.

THE UK's largest farmer-owned dairy cooperative, Dale Farm has launched the largest ‘self-consumption' solar farm in Ireland, at its cheese processing facility in Co Tyrone.

The project, which is now powering Dale Farm's cheddar cheese plant at Dunmanbridge, Cookstown, guarantees 20 years of green energy for the company and is one of the largest of its kind in dairy worldwide.

The 37-acre solar farm, connected directly to the company's network has been designed and delivered in partnership with Dublin company CES Energy. The solar farm will reduce Dale Farm's carbon footprint by 20 per cent and deliver multimillion-pound savings in energy costs.

Dale Farm group operations director, Chris McAlinden said:

“Dale Farm is committed to leading the way in sustainability – with a strategy that sees us constantly assessing our processes and facilities to identify how we can reduce our carbon footprint and increase efficiency.

“This approach is about doing the right thing for the environment and ultimately making our business as lean as it can be, so we can pay our farmer owners the best possible price for their milk. We are extremely proud to have developed a green energy solution that positions our operations at the vanguard of sustainability not just in dairy in Ireland, but worldwide.”

Tom Marren, chief executive of CES Energy, who delivered the solar project added:

“For companies like Dale Farm, maximising sustainability is key to leading the way in social responsibility. At the same time, it makes business sense, as retailers are strengthening their demands on producers and suppliers like Dale Farm, calling for them to be carbon neutral.”

Headquartered in Belfast, with premises across Britain, Dale Farm is the largest UK farmer-owned dairy cooperative and owns the Dale Farm, Dromona, Spelga, Fivemiletown Cheese, Loseley, Rowan Glen and Mullins Ice Cream brands.

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