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Glenmorangie moves to solar for its bottling plant

Glenmorangie has installed a new solar array at its Livingston-based bottling plant, with the 1,476 panels set to reduce the energy consumption on site by 30%.

The move is the latest in a strategy for the company to achieve net zero carbon by 2040, with the switch part of an eight-figure investment in its operations.

Glenmorangie Company is doubling the capacity at its bottling plant, too, with the expansion due to be completed in 2023. DB Group, based in West Lothian and in partnership with Emtec Energy, have carried out the installation. Energy management support will be available while they complete the transition and continue to reduce high energy consumption.

Michael Scotland, Facilities and Projects Director at Glenmorangie, commented on the switch"We’re putting sustainability at the heart of the expansion of our Alba bottling plant. Our capacity will be increasing with new high-speed lines being installed over the coming year. At the same time, we have installed solar panels to reduce our current reliance on the national grid. This also gives us a clear pathway to maximise green energy across our site as we work towards our sustainability targets.” 

Peter Nelson, Operations Director at Glenmorangie, continued: “The Glenmorangie Company has ambitious plans for growth while we are fully committed to building a sustainable future for our business and communities across Scotland. We have key projects already in motion or completed at our sites including the solar array at Livingston, the installation of an anaerobic digestion plant in Tain as part of our Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP). We also continue to work in partnership with other Distilleries on new hydrogen energy trials with many more projects in the pipeline to achieve our 2040 net zero ambition.

2 August 2022 - Bradley Weir