Here is a copy of our recent article in the local news paper The EDP.
Rackheath-based Simply Soaps will be powered almost entirely by sunshine thanks to the new panels.
The company was set up by brothers Jim and Laurence Campion with funding from The Prince’s Trust in 1997.
They set out to make handmade products, in particular cold process soaps, to fit in with their ethos of greener living, and the company now employs four staff, supplying mainly health food shops including Norwich’s Rainbow Foods, in Labour In Vain Yard, and The Green Grocers at Earlham House Shops in Earlham Road.
The carbon-neutral company uses electricity from green-powered energy and will only use sustainable palm oil.
This year Simply Soaps is also taking part in a European Supply Chain Carbon Council initiative to track their products from manufacture to consumer.
This will involve placing a tracking device on the product to see how many miles and eventual carbon footprint each product creates.
The brothers said there are enough panels for them to be able to provide all the heat and light their Rackheath Park workshop requires, and aside from that just a gas burner will be needed for a couple of hours a week for the manufacture of the soaps.
Laurence Campion, 40, said: “From today we turned on our 3.9KW solar array to begin micro-generation of our electricity usage. It is our hope that all Simply Soaps products will be made with the help of sunshine.’’