The Burgi family have strong roots in the region, with members having lived in Gruyere for over a decade. The orchard itself has been in the family since the 1880’s, when Terry’s Grandfather first turned the sod.
Solar power for home and business
To properly operate the cool store requires 24-hour refrigeration and an irrigation system that runs for 48-hours a week in summer, so a reliable and efficient energy source is key to the businesses success. The same power system also runs a fruit packing plant that runs for six hours a week throughout the whole year.
Terry and Caroline were already using solar in their home, so it was a logical choice to incorporate solar into their business. In addition to the financial benefits, both Terry and Caroline saw value in using a renewable, sustainable energy and a powerful parallel in using the sun to grow fruit and power their business.
“Most farmers if not all, realise that our energy all comes from the sun, whether for growing plants, or creating fossil fuels, or in our case, creating solar energy for our power supply. It’s just an integral part of our lives,” said Terry.