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Dawn Foods Ltd

Dawn foods commits to solar for future sustainability

Dawn Foods is a leading bakery manufacturer specialising in bakery products and ingredients supplied to high street bakeries, supermarkets, food manufacturers and food service companies. 

First established in America more than 100 years ago, Dawn has grown into a global bakery company, for whom sustainability and a reduction in its carbon footprint is a key business objective. Based in Evesham, Dawn's production and cold storage facilities operate seven days a week consuming in excess of two million units of electricity per annum. So as part of the company's commitment to making its production site far more energy efficient, the company was keen to switch to solar power. 

Mypower prides itself on providing quality solutions that best meets its customers' needs, and, in Dawn's case, it meant that rather than proposing the same sized system as a competitor who were already bidding for the business, we actually proposed a larger, more complex system.

Our plan for Dawn included panels to north facing roofs to utilise more roof space. We were able to clearly illustrate the additional long term cost reduction benefit and significant reduction in energy consumption that Dawn Foods could achieve by opting for our recommendations.

Ingredients for success

Mypower designed and installed a 345kWp system, making maximum use of the available roof space. The installation of the 1046 panels was straightforward, caused no disruptions to Dawn Foods, and was completed within 3 weeks. The system will generate an estimated 305,000kWh of clean, low cost, electricity per annum avoiding over 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Dawn Foods chose highly regarded SolarEdge inverters with optimiser technology so reducing potential shading impact along with enhanced reporting and safety features.
Grid constraints, no problem

Occasionally, especially with larger solar PV systems, the local grid can be a limiting factor in the size of system that can be installed, without incurring costly grid upgrades. For Dawn Foods, a 200kW export limitation was in place, however, based on Mypower's analysis, this was not going to impact the commercial returns, primarily as over 90% of the solar generated electricity would be consumed onsite.

A sustainable way to generate electricity

"Dawn takes social responsibility very seriously and as a global bakery business, sustainability is key going forward. We produce millions of cakes and mixes every year and keeping a site like ours operational uses a lot of electricity! Mypower was able to come up with a solution that ensures a more sustainable way to generate electricity and means we avoid significant CO2 emissions too."
Kevin Power, Plant Manager, Dawn Foods

Key facts and predictions

  • 345 kW (1046 panels) installed by Mypower.
  • 305,861 kWh units of energy produced per annum.
  • 4.81 p/kwh - equivalent forward purchase price of 7,043,856 units of electricity over 25 years including estimated O&M costs, and excluding potential Annual Investment Allowance tax benefit.
  • 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided per annum.
  • 67% saving from solar PV electricity compared to grid supplied electricity at 14.84 p/kWh.

Kevin Power, Plant Manager, Dawn Foods

"We produce millions of cakes and mixes every year and keeping a site like ours operational uses a lot of electricity! Mypower was able to come up with a solution that ensures a more sustainable way to generate electricity and means we avoid significant CO2 emissions too."