Pocklington’s - the first solar powered bakery

An aerial view of the 600 solar panels at Pocklington's Bakery HQ in Withern. (Photo: Michael Kheng).
An aerial view of the 600 solar panels at Pocklington's Bakery HQ in Withern. (Photo: Michael Kheng).
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Pocklington’s Bakery has become the UK’s first solar powered bakery, after installing 600 solar panels at its headquarters in Withern.

The new installation will harness the power of the sun to supply nearly 90 per cent 
of the bakery’s electricity during daylight hours, and 60 per cent of the its total energy requirement.

Pocklington’s Bakery received support from Lincolnshire County Council’s resource efficiency and waste reduction programme, ‘SUSTAIN Lincolnshire’.

Managing director, Chris Pocklington, said: “Our business relies on electricity for baking, and we are acutely aware of our environmental impact both locally and internationally.

“The SUSTAIN team were confident that solar panels would be a good investment for us, so after a lot of thought and research, we decided that renewable energy was 
the next logical step for our business.”

SUSTAIN Lincolnshire has helped Pocklington’s Bakery to implement other resource efficiency techniques that have saved the company over £200 per year on lighting costs and cut carbon emissions by 56 tonnes.

Coun Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Pocklington’s Bakery is a perfect example of how a business can benefit from the advice and support available through SUSTAIN Lincolnshire.

“Not only have they been able to cut costs by thousands of pounds per year, but 
they’ve also become much more resource efficient and green in the process.”