Plant sets a shin­ing ex­am­ple

Canning Times - - SHOP LOCAL -

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.

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