Onsite low carbon energy solution supports the growth of British produce

1st December 2018

Villa Nursery wanted to improve the long-term sustainability of its 15-acre nursery whilst remaining competitive with overseas produce.

AMP Clean Energy developed a fully funded, wide-ranging low carbon energy solution to support the growth of British salads, tomatoes and speciality peppers sustainably over the next 20 years.

A 1.65-megawatt steam-generating biomass CHP plant, a 1MW biomass heat boiler and a 3MW reserve gas peaking engine, was financed and developed by AMP Clean Energy. The heat is used to help cultivate 14 acres of produce under glass.

The low carbon measures have reduced Villa Nursery’s gas spend by £200,000 and cut CO2 by more than 1800 tonnes per year. Under an energy supply agreement Villa Nursery simply pays for the heat and electricity it uses.

Villa Nursery proprietors and brothers Michael and Felice Gibilaro put sustainable growth at the heart of their business operations.

Michael Gibilaro, of Villa Nursery, said: “One of our largest costs here is energy. In order to be competitive with other countries like Spain, which has free heat, we need lower cost, sustainable energy, to both increase business productivity and supply the UK market with UK produce. Working with AMP Clean Energy, that is what we have achieved.”

Felice Gibilaro added: “AMP Clean Energy is a great partner for us. Knowing that our product line is produced using clean, low carbon energy gives confidence to our customers and the end-user consumer.”

Stuart Reid, Managing Director (Projects) at AMP Clean Energy, said: “Villa Nursery is a role model of good practice which other nurseries could benefit from as we journey towards a net zero future.

“Our work with Villa Nursery is a great example of how AMP Clean Energy can support industrial heat and power users through our fully funded onsite energy solutions over the long term.”