Juice sis­ters go­ing so­lar

The ‘‘Chia Sis­ters’’, Florence, left, and Chloe Van Dyke, are grow­ing their Nel­son drinks busi­ness in an en­vi­ron­men­tal, eth­i­cal way – and they’re about to flick the switch on a bot­tling op­er­a­tion pow­ered by the sun.

Nelson Mail - - Front Page - Amy Rid­out amy.rid­out@stuff.co.nz

The Chia Sis­ters are ready to flick the switch to con­vert their Nel­son juicery into a sun-pow­ered bot­tling op­er­a­tion.

Thirty so­lar pan­els, an­gled to catch the best of the day’s rays, have been in­stalled on the roof of their fac­tory, the for­mer Bays Brew­ery in Tahu­nanui.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Chloe and Florence Van Dyke, who had the pan­els in­stalled a few days af­ter mov­ing their juic­ing busi­ness into the fac­tory a fort­night ago.

Their fo­cus on grow­ing their busi­ness in an en­vi­ron­men­tal, eth­i­cal way meant the switch to re­new­able en­ergy was a ‘‘dream ful­filled’’, Chloe said.

‘‘You can see some busi­nesses that, as they grow, their ethics de­crease.

‘‘But as we’ve gone on we’ve met more peo­ple and been given more ideas, in­clud­ing so­lar power.’’

‘‘If ethics are a core value of your busi­ness from the be­gin­ning, that will al­ways be at the fore­front of your mind as you grow,’’ Florence added.

Also, work­ing in the sun­ni­est city in New Zealand made us­ing so­lar power a nat­u­ral choice, she said. ‘‘It makes so much sense.’’

On a sunny Nel­son day, the fac­tory’s 30 pan­els will pro­duce 16 kilo­watts an hour, dou­ble the fac­tory’s needs. Ex­cess kilo­watts will be sold back to the power com­pany.

Chloe founded Chia six years ago, with a chia seed drink she de­vel­oped as an al­ter­na­tive to sugar-laden en­ergy drinks. Florence joined the com­pany a cou­ple of years ago.

The pair have launched a new range of pressed juices, Bot­tled by the Sun, to ‘‘utilise the con­cept of so­lar pan­els,’’ Florence said.

They want to stand out as an ex­am­ple to other fac­to­ries con­tem­plat­ing the idea of switch­ing to so­lar power.

‘‘It seems like a chal­lenge, but it’s been so smooth,’’ Florence said.

‘‘We’re sav­ing money and we have a fan­tas­tic new prod­uct.’’



So­lar pan­els have been in­stalled on the Chia Sis­ters fac­tory in Nel­son to pro­vide power for the bot­tling op­er­a­tion. The com­pany has also launched a new juice prod­uct, Bot­tled by the Sun.

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