Mackie’s wind turbines surpass 100 million kWh milestone

One of Scotland’s largest food and drink brands has generated more than one hundred gigawatt hours of renewable energy through its wind turbines.

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 10:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 10:44 am
Colin Anderson with Mac Mackie (Photo: Ross Johnston)

Mackie’s of Scotland, saw the meter on its three original turbines tick back to zero, after it had reached the 100 million kWh mark last month.

Mackie’s has been generating power from its wind turbines since 2005, and has produced enough energy to supply 2,500 family homes with electricity for 10 years, or drive an electric car around the world more than 14,000 times.

The Rothienorman farming business is continually investing in ways to reduce its footprint, from wind turbines to its solar panel array. Mackie’s is currently installing a £4.5 million low carbon refrigeration system which will cut the farm’s energy use by up to 80%.

Renewable energy consulting engineer and long-time Mackie’s collaborator, Colin Anderson, believes this to be a significant milestone.

He said: “This is a tremendous feat for Mackie’s and certainly stands as one of the most influential accomplishments in renewable energy production by a private business.

“Mackie’s has been a trailblazer in renewable energy production, becoming one of the first companies to install its own wind turbine in the 1980’s. It now has the capabilities to harness wind and solar energy, as well as biomass.

“Attitudes have continued to change over the years, and there is an increased acceptance and understanding of the benefits renewable energy generators, such as wind farms, can bring.

“More and more businesses are looking at ways in which they can produce their own renewable energy following the template set by Mackie’s.”

Mac Mackie, Managing Director at Mackie’s of Scotland, said: “We are continuing to invest in new methods which will increase our renewable potential and cut down our carbon footprint.

“Reaching 100 million kWh is a significant landmark for the farm and we are looking forward to hitting the 200 million mark in the years to come.”

Mackie’s of Scotland has been climate positive since 2007. Its renewable energy is derived from a mix of wind, solar and biomass energy that produce over 8.5 GWh of electricity each year.