Forward-thinking industrial instruments manufacturer, Rototherm Group, is making significant strides towards its sustainability goals by embracing solar power to reduce its energy costs.
Rototherm, headquartered in Kenfig, South Wales, is renowned for its innovative approach to manufacturing. Since its establishment in 1845, the company has consistently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability, the latest step of which is the installation of a comprehensive solar power system.
As of 2023, the company has invested substantially in a state-of-the-art solar array, designed to generate a significant percentage of the energy required for their operations. This move highlights the company's commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
Green Economy Wales spoke with Director of Rototherm Group Tarkan Conger about the investment they have put in place to maximise the use of solar.
The new solar system is a significant investment for Rototherm, expected to pay for itself through energy cost savings within the next few years. It will generate an estimated 80% of the company's energy needs, thereby significantly reducing reliance on grid electricity. Not only does this mean a substantial decrease in energy costs, but it also reduces the company's exposure to fluctuating energy prices, which can be a significant risk for energy-intensive industries such as manufacturing.
In addition to the financial benefits, the decision to embrace solar power also underscores Rototherm's commitment to environmental stewardship. The use of solar energy results in significantly less greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels.
“Rototherm has always been a company focused on innovation and sustainability,” said Managing Director, Oliver Conger. “By embracing solar energy, we're not only significantly reducing our energy costs but also taking meaningful action to reduce our environmental footprint. It's a win-win situation.”
The move has been positively received by both employees and customers, many of whom appreciate the company's commitment to sustainability. In a sector often criticised for its environmental impact, Rototherm is proving that manufacturing and environmental responsibility can indeed go hand in hand.
As more companies follow suit, the positive environmental impact could be substantial, demonstrating that renewable energy is not just a viable option for manufacturing firms, but an essential part of the industry's future.