In summer 2020 we doubled the capacity of our solar installation at the AFD Group HQ, Mountain View Innovation Centre (MVIC). By additionally investing in three Tesla Powerpacks later in the year (making this the Isle of Man’s biggest battery storage installation), to store the energy we generate, we expect to become completely self-sufficient in clean, green energy for twenty-four hours a day for around six months of the year.
Between April and September each year, we anticipate that the solar panels will be running MVIC by day, at the same time as charging our Tesla Powerpacks so that we can still utilise the energy when the sun goes down. From October through to March, on average 33% of the required power should still be carbon emission-free (more in a sunnier winter and spring!).
Since the panels went live, AFD has saved over 78 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of 2,314 trees planted. (This is in addition to the more than 4000 physical trees that have already been planted around Mountain View!)
As well as having the largest solar storage system on the Isle of Man, AFD’s staff electric car scheme brings green motoring to over a third of the Isle of Man team. An average petrol or diesel car will produce 411 grams of CO2 per mile, so AFD’s electric fleet is saving 39 tonnes of CO2 per year!
An Unexpected Benefit
AFD’s green initiatives are driven from an awareness and motivation to reduce our carbon footprint and do what we can to protect the planet. However, this has given AFD an added benefit in recognition from customers who want to partner with suppliers who share the same environmental goals.
Speaking to David Smith, Data Operations Manager at WWF-UK (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund), he had this to say: “Being an environmental charity, a part in our decision-making process of using AFD was how we viewed the company from a green perspective. The efforts AFD have gone to with solar panels, electric cars and other green initiatives at their head office was a factor in choosing AFD. Knowing that they had an awareness and similar goals as ourselves we knew that AFD was a company we are happy to do business with.”
If you share our care for the environment, that’s just one more good reason to prefer AFD as your address and data quality partners.
Find more information about Mountain View Innovation Centre at mvic.im/facilities/