‘Green’ grocer soaks up west Lothian sun to power farm shop



Hopetoun Farm Shop near South Queensferry is taking its energy needs into its own hands by installing a solar panel system, which will generate more than 30% of its annual energy usage.

The Hopetoun Farm Shop, which next week (13 November) welcomes award-winning chef Neil Forbes for another sell-out master class, prides itself on stocking quality produce, much of it sourced from the nearby Hopetoun Estate. Now the family-owned business can add energy to its ‘locally produced’ list.

The 96 panels, installed by Edinburgh-based Green Power Technology, are located in a nearby field and will generate up to 2500 kWh of electricity.

And as this pasture is home to Hopetoun sheep, the panels are raised so the animals can continue to graze underneath.

Hopetoun Farm Shop manager Elaine Shirley says: “Sustainability is very important to us and, by generating our own energy, we can pass on the savings we make.

“Our customers expect the majority of what’s on sale to be produced by the farm shop and the Estate, or at the very least come from a local producer. So why shouldn’t provenance extend to a Farm Shop’s energy supply?”


For further press information please contact Kirrie at O’Leary PR 01383 432608

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