Plant sets a shining example
A COCA-Cola Amatil bottling operation in Kewdale will be part of an installation of 10,000 solar panels to help reduce the company’s annual energy costs by up to $1.3 million.
Energy services company Verdia will roll out solar panels at three sites across three states in the next eight to 10 months.
Kewdale will receive a 692kW solar power system.
Verdia chief executive Paul Peters said it was one of the biggest rooftop programs in the country, with enough panels to cover 42 average suburban blocks.
“By mid next year, Coca-Cola Amatil will be drawing around 14 per cent less energy from the local electricity grid across these three sites,” he said.
“They’re replacing it with power from the sun, which equates to a reduction of 4163 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.”
Coca-Cola Amatil managing director of Australian beverages Peter West said the company was committed to obtaining at least 60 per cent of its energy needs from renewable and low carbon sources by 2020.
“On current figures, the installation will pay for itself in six to seven years and is expected to provide an additional $14 million benefit over its lifetime,” he said.
Other sites receiving solar panels are Eastern Creek in NSW and Richlands in Queensland.