Britvic, a leading soft drinks company, has entered into a solar power agreement with Atrato, sourcing 75% of its electricity needs in Great Britain from a solar farm in Northamptonshire. The solar farm, owned by Atrato, will provide clean energy to Britvic's factories in Rugby, London, and Leeds under a 10-year agreement.
Commissioned in January 2024 and operational from today, the solar farm is set to generate 3.3 gigawatt hours (GWh) of power. Atrato plans to scale up the installation to produce 27GWh.
Sarah Webster, Britvic's Director of Sustainable Business, expressed excitement about powering some of the country's most recognizable soft drinks with renewable energy. The move aligns with consumer preferences for more sustainable products and contributes to Britvic's long-term sustainability targets by reducing carbon emissions.
Gurpreet Gujral, Managing Director of Renewable Energy at Atrato Group, highlighted the significance of the unique agreement with Britvic, emphasizing the dual benefits of reducing carbon emissions and delivering attractively priced energy. Atrato's business model focuses on creating tailored energy solutions for clients, considering their consumption needs and site constraints while achieving sustainability goals and lowering energy costs.
Chris Bowden, Managing Director of Squeaky Clean Energy, emphasized the innovative contracting structures needed to accelerate the transition to clean energy. Squeaky Clean Energy played a role in facilitating the unique power purchase agreement arrangement, contributing to de-risking the financing of Atrato's project and supporting Britvic in achieving its Healthier People, Healthier Planet sustainability mission.