Sun shines on green ice-cream 

Roskilly’s, the renowned Cornish organic ice cream brand, has recently invested over £200,000 in a cutting-edge solar power system.

Roskilly’s invests in solar energy to power organic farm and ice-cream production 

With support from Ignition, an asset finance provider, they’ve installed a 211.68kw system comprising 500 solar panels. These panels are strategically located in the fields on Roskilly’s working dairy farm in St Keverne. 

This forward-thinking move aims to enhance the sustainability of their operations significantly. The solar power system will power their business, including the milking parlour, ice-cream production facilities, restaurants, shops, and offices. Over the long term, this investment is expected to result in substantial savings on energy bills and contribute to a reduction of approximately 60 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. 

37% of annual energy will be solar powered

Truro-based Ignition arranged a bespoke hire purchase finance package to cover the upfront cost of the panels and installation by supplier Ivy Solar, with affordable repayments to be made over a 6-year term.  The new system is anticipated to provide at least 25% of Roskilly’s energy each year. Considering the company’s existing 100kw solar system, this will mean that around 37% of its annual energy will be provided by solar power. 

Director, Toby Roskilly, comments: “After 60 years as an organic dairy farm and more than 30 as an organic ice-cream manufacturer, environmental sustainability has always been at the heart of Roskilly’s family business. We are proud to be reducing our carbon footprint whilst continuing to provide our customers and visitors with quality products and experiences. Ignition has helped us to take this step in a way that is immediately affordable for the business and will help to protect us against rising energy costs in the future.” 

Eleanor Smith, Ignition’s business development manager and solar specialist, comments: 

“Roskilly’s new solar panels are an excellent addition to the business, providing significant financial and environmental benefits.  By helping the company to manage the initial investment costs, we were able to provide a win-win solution that will continue to reap rewards for both the company and the planet.”