Farmers have long been known for it, but Angus based farmer Graeme Jarron of Hatton of Ogilvy has taken diversification to a new level, by producing his own vodka label, Ogilvy Spirits, from his potato crop. Earlier in the year Graeme, a tenant farmer of Strathmore Estates, secured planning permission to proceed with his plan to set-up the micro-distillery in a purpose built shed.
To support the increased power requirements of operating the new distillery and the continued running of the farm Graeme has installed a PV system, which allows him to produce his own supply of clean electricity.
A 30kWp, 120 panel array was installed by Scotland’s leading agricultural roof-top PV installer Forster Energy on the grain store roof adjacent to the distillery.
The first few months, since the installation was completed at the end of July, show the system outperforming projections by over 6%.
Graeme’s cousins, George and Scott Jarron of ‘Scott Brothers Butchers’, have also now installed a 22kWp PV system on the roof of their main store and processing facility in Dundee.