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The Macallan Estate given green light for solar project in Moray

By Abbie Duncan

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A MORAY whisky company has taken the next steps toward creating solar powered whisky.

The solar panels will provide 30 per cent of the annual electricity needed produce The Macallan’s single malt whisky.
The solar panels will provide 30 per cent of the annual electricity needed produce The Macallan’s single malt whisky.

The Macallan Estate has been given the green light for their solar project, which will work to further decarbonise its processes.

The development, in partnership with EDF Renewables, will deliver up to 30 per cent of the annual electricity needed to support the production of The Macallan’s single malt Scotch whisky in Craigellachie, enabling it to accelerate its net zero journey.

Situated in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan Estate sits amongst 485-acres of land and has been home to the iconic whisky brand for almost 200 years. In recent months EDF Renewables and The Macallan have been working closely with local communities surrounding the development to keep them informed about the project.

This is the first commercial and industrial solar project of is kind that EDF Renewables UK has developed in Scotland.

Deanna Greenhalgh, Director of Development within EDF Renewables UK’s commercial and industrial solar business, SAS Energy, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Macallan Estate to deliver this renewables project. The project will help decarbonise the Distillery’s operations, reduce energy costs in an ever more uncertain energy environment and lead the way in showing how the whisky industry can strive towards achieving net zero targets. It is an exciting project for EDF Renewables as one of our first commercial and industrial solar projects in Scotland.”

Rachel Walters, Operations Director at The Macallan commented: “The Macallan Estate has been our home for nearly 200 years, and we have always had an inherent respect for the natural world that surrounds us.

“The introduction of solar panels at The Macallan Estate is the latest initiative designed to help us build a more sustainable future, complementing the Distillery’s current biomass set up and will work in tandem with other projects to accelerate our net zero targets.”

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