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Energy Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Tracking Clean Energy Process (TCEP) – How are we doing?

As ULEZ signs topple across London in Sadiq Khan’s one-man last-ditch attempt to save the planet and London residents’ horror at having to do it for him, in a more structured world, the IEA have published their TCEP 2023 report.

Mole End Farms in Cranbrook may be a grain of sand in the desert of renewables but, as you’ll read later (below), by working #together, we may hold back the melting ice flows and stop the growing acres of barren land.

Our principal aim is to build a truly ethical and sustainable long-term business...”

Read what else owner Paul Ward has to say about environmental sustainability, below.

The BIG picture first

The IEA is an international body working with governments around the world offering advice on matters ‘energy’ with the broadest goal of reducing CO2 emissions.

The TCEP report specifically covers:

  • Electric Vehicles
  • Nuclear
  • Heat Pumps
  • Electrolyser
  • Energy Efficiency

How are we doing?

(In their words): Of the over 50 components tracked, in the 2023 edition 3 are evaluated as fully “On track” with the Net Zero by 2050 Scenario trajectory – solar PV, electric vehicles and lighting. Solar PV was upgraded in this edition, as the annual growth in generation in 2022 of 26% is now aligned with the average compound annual growth rate needed from now to 2030 in the Net Zero Scenario. 

Massive UK Growth.

In the first 6 months of 2022, the UK Solar PV market saw the UK posting 80% growth in new solar PV installations compared to the same period the previous with the country’s solar capacity now exceeding 15GW.

And, the UK has ambitious solar power targets to reach 40GW installed capacity by 2030.

Exciting News.

This is exciting news, not just for the country but for JGF. JGF have invested time and other resources, gaining accreditation and embarking on technical up-skilling to make sure it will play an important role in the EV / PV market over the next 3 years.

Energy – it doesn’t grow on trees

But apples do, especially at Mole End Farms in Kent.

This is a slice of Mole End Farm in Kent, an award-winning grower of apples and pears. Paul Ward, MD and passionate organic grower, summed his business aims up for us:

Our principal aim is to build a truly ethical and sustainable long-term business, producing a high-quality food product in a fully sustainable manner with the absolute minimum impact on the surrounding environment.”

Paul added: “We aim to market, package and promote our products using the most environmentally sustainable means.”

For years, part of their ‘environmental sustainability’ includes renewable energy. This began a number of years ago and is an ongoing strategy, developing in conjunction with JGF. Power from solar panels has subsidised energy from the grid and EV Charging is in place, just. Now, the whole ‘internal network’ is being extended across the remaining farms in the group.

Joe Forsyth, JGF’s MD, said: “The next phase is to create a ‘power reservoir’, holding surplus power in batteries to balance out the peaks and troughs of production and use. Then, at quieter times on the farm, we will enjoy the blossom, Mole End Farm will sell energy back into the grid. That’s one happy business.”

Cost efficient?

Joe again: “Yes. But let us conduct a survey and see for yourself.”