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Brown-Forman and Ylem Energy develop solar array for Scottish distillery

Ylem Energy has partnered with Brown-Forman to develop a 630kW solar array that delivers 516,000 KWp of clean, renewable energy yearly, at the producer's Benriach Bond facility in Edinburgh, Scotland. The partnership will progress the producer of brands such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Benriach Scotch Whisky towards its mission of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The UK-based distillery is said to be committed to the Scotch Whisky Association’s 'Race to Zero' pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. Ylem Energy’s installation is expected to offset around 120 tonnes of CO2 each year. Ylem Energy’s ‘Xchange’ product will allow Brown-Forman to export excess renewable energy generated at its Benriach Bond facility to the National Grid and reduce its onsite energy costs. Andy Battjes, director, global environmental sustainability at Brown-Forman, stated: “As a member of RE100, Brown-Forman is committed to supporting the development of new sources of renewable electricity in order to reach our goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Our partnership with Ylem to install a new rooftop solar system at our Newbridge bottling facility is the latest example of turning our commitment into action.” Ian Gadsby, managing director of Ylem Energy, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Brown-Forman to help them achieve their sustainability goals and play a role in tackling climate change”. He added: “The recent energy crisis has seen many businesses diversify their energy supply while ensuring it comes from renewable sources. As part of Ylem’s Xchange product, Brown-Forman can be confident they will be using renewable energy while reducing their energy bills by exporting any excess generation to the National Grid.” The solar array at Benriach Bond is the first project to take place between Ylem Energy and Brown-Forman.

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