Case Study

Rapala reels in green energy savings

Dynamite Baits are hooked on solar power

System Size: 33.75kW

Annual CO2 Saving: 225 Tonnes

Equivalent Cars Off The Road: 49

" We wanted a local, independent supplier to do the work, not least because that helped reduce the environmental impact. We have a system designed specifically to optimise energy production at our site and the Geo Green team did a great job - they were highly professional and completed their work on time and on budget. "

Dynamite Baits

Dave Spence

Operations Manager & Sustainability Ambassador

Client Feedback The installation of Geo Green’s solar PV system has given us more independence and control over our energy bills and is another important milestone as we continue to reduce our climate impact. The team here are very supportive and customers like it too - in our reception we broadcast ‘live’ visuals showing how much energy we’re producing from solar, and I know some have taken that back to their own workplace.

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A future investment

Starting life as Dynamite Baits in the early 2000’s, Rapala is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers and distributors of fishing bait. The company now also distributes group brands such as Storm lures and Sufix lines, as well as more recently distributing Okuma from the factory located in Cotgrave, Nottingham.

Aiming to become carbon neutral, the installation of solar PV is one of several sustainability practices at Rapala. The company has converted its manufacturing facility and offices to the most efficient LED lighting, which uses timers and sensors, as well as using recyclable sustainable packaging and 100% biodiesel on site. All the company’s on-site waste is recycled (with none being sent to landfill) and organic waste goes to an anaerobic digester to produce electricity.

Working with Geo Green Power

Our dedicated team completed the design and installation for the new energy system, which included 356 solar panels on the factory and office roofs. The team worked for two weeks behind the scenes to install the solar PV system while Rapala’s Cotgrave-based site remained fully operational.

Managing Director of Geo Green Power, James Cunningham stated that: “It’s an absolute pleasure to work with companies like Rapala who are so proactive on environmental issues. Clearly there’s a big cost saving to be made by installing solar PV and we understand when the financial benefits are the main motivation. However, when we do get the chance to support a company with such passion about becoming carbon neutral, and delivering sustainability throughout their business, it makes switching their system on and transitioning them to green energy that little bit more satisfying.

Our results

Energy costs at Rapala VMC have dropped by more than £50,000 per year as investment in a solar PV energy system means around 25% of its energy now comes from the sun with the remainder coming from renewable sources.

Results from its first full year of operation show that the solar PV system is generating 120kW at peak and produces approximately 140,000kWh of electricity annually. This means the Rapala site has reduced its carbon emissions by more than 225 tonnes since the solar PV system started operating, the equivalent of taking 49 cars off the road. With 50-100% of its total energy generated entirely emissions-free during the summer months, Rapala expects to see a full return on its investment within four years.

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