AGL Energy Limited is installing a solar photovoltaic system in one of Australia’s largest wineries.
The Yalumba Family Vignerons in the Barossa Valley in South Australia is home to the 1.4 MW solar PV system, which is halfway through construction.
AGL managing director and CEO Andy Vesey said projects of this size demonstrated their capability and aligned with their commitment to increase renewable energy generation throughout Australia.
“We are proud to mark the mid-point of the project and partner with such an iconic winery,” he said.
“Solar installations like this one at Yalumba demonstrate how distributed energy can empower businesses and communities in regional as well as urban areas, providing them with greater control of their energy usage and costs.
“It can increase resilience should supply be compromised for any reason such as the outages South Australia experienced a few weeks ago due to severe weather.
“As Australia’s largest private owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation, we welcomed the opportunity to help Yalumba enhance its already impressive track record in sustainability.
“The solar system will produce approximately 2000 MWh of renewable energy and abate more than 1100 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 340 cars off the road.
“It’s also expected to reduce Yalumba’s energy costs by approximately 20 per cent each year,” Mr Vesey said.
Yalumba’s solar system will have 5384 panels across three sites, including the Angaston Winery, Oxford Landing Winery and the Yalumba Nursery.
Yalumba managing director Nick Waterman said sustainability was part of the core values of the business, which has been operating for 166 years.
“This installation has been the result of a strong, collaborative effort between the Yalumba winemaking services department and AGL over the past 18 months.
“It is an exciting project and one that will deliver us significant savings, as well as being consistent with our corporate focus on sustainability,” Mr Waterman said.
The project commenced in August and is expected to be completed in December this year.