As part of the coming updated Power Behind the Festival Guide we are writing a series of case studies of best practice in sustainability at Festivals. The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company is an example of how a catering concession can meet the challenge of using renewables and save money in the process. Their Cafe Môr trailer offers a range of high quality food inspired by West Wales produce. In March 2015, they won a Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) support from Pembrokeshire National Park Authority to test out an approach that could revolutionise the catering concessions industry and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The SDF support was used to part fund the installation of solar PV panels and a small wind turbine, along with a solar inverter and a battery bank.
Instant benefits to the business included a reduction in generator noise, less staff time required for generator operation and maintenance, fewer trading days lost due to generator issues and increased power security as a result of having a battery back up. In the longer term the new system will also considerably reduce operation costs.
Read the full case study here.
Cafe Mor have also put together some Top Tips for any caterer thinking about making the change to renewables: