Iberdrola to supply Woolworths with 100% renewable energy in South Australia

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Iberdrola Australia has entered into an agreement to supply all of Woolworths Group’s operations in South Australia with 100 per cent renewable electricity. The agreement will enable Woolworths Group’s almost 70 supermarkets, 17 Big W stores and regional distribution centre in South Australia to fully transition to renewable electricity.

The renewable energy supply arrangement is in place until December 31, 2030. The arrangement comprises a retail electricity supply contract with the supply of renewable energy certificates to come from Iberdrola Australia’s newly constructed Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, the largest hybrid wind-solar plant in the southern hemisphere.

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The 320MW facility comprises 50 wind turbines and 250,000 solar panels and will generate a total of approximately 0.9TWh per year of renewable electricity. The project has created 200 full time jobs during its construction phase and will create 20 permanent full-time roles in regional South Australia throughout its operational life.

Woolworths Group is Australia’s largest retailer, representing around one per cent of the country’s total energy use. In line with the milestone announced for the retailer’s South Australian operations today, over the next three years Woolworths Group will gradually replace traditional energy contracts in other states with green agreements. These practical steps form part of Woolworths Group’s commitment to become 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025.

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Iberdrola Australia CEO Ross Rolfe AO said, “We are delighted to be supporting Woolworths Group in their sustainability journey by providing their retail stores in South Australia with 100 per cent green energy. Woolworths is demonstrating that together we can decarbonise our electricity sector, preserve our natural environment and create jobs in Australia’s regional communities.

“The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park is the largest hybrid wind-solar farm in the southern hemisphere. It operates alongside Iberdrola Australia’s large and rapidly growing fleet of wind, solar, battery and peaking generators, enabling us to provide our customers with electricity supply arrangements that are at once reliable, affordable and clean.”

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