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A fruit supplier to UK supermarkets is set to cut its energy usage by 80% by installing LED lighting across the business.
Crayford-based Chingford Fruit is investing more than £175,000 in the venture after working with manufacturer 8point3, based in Dartford.
They have designed LED lighting strips, developed to incorporate UV LED lighting, which will produce better quality fruit.
The move will also reduce the energy needed to maintain temperature in its refrigeration unit.
Central services manager Colin Ormerod said: “LED lighting emits little heat, therefore we will use less energy to keep the refrigeration unit at its optimum temperature.
“This is a major step forward and will undoubtedly be more cost effective for us.
8point3 commercial director Darren Burrows said: “LED lighting is particularly suitable for the fresh produce industry where refrigeration is a key part of the operation.
“Unlike traditional lighting, LED gives off very little residual heat, significantly lowering the energy required to maintain temperature within refrigeration units and adding to the already considerable energy savings of up to 80% from LED when used with intelligent controls technology.
“An additional benefit is that when installed into lower temperature environments, LED fittings perform more efficiently and the lifespan is extended.”
It is the latest efficiency measure by Chingford Fruit, which has become a zero landfill firm in the last four years.
This saves the business about £220,000 annually.
The company also generates electricity from fruit waste, which they supply to three-acre Guy and Wright farm in Herts, making the sute completely self-sufficient.
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