Wine producer Australian Vintage has secured a “landmark” deal to source energy from solar and wind farms at its site in New South Wales.
A Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will ensure that 90% of energy consumption at the firm’s facility in Buronga Hill will be met by renewable sources.
Australian Vintage, which produces brands such as McGuigan Wines, Tempus Two and Nepenthe, has also installed a privately-owned solar system at the winery.
To supplement the bulk of the remaining power needed at the unit, Australian Vintage has signed a hybrid deal with energy provider Flow Power to supply additional solar and wind energy from off-site sources.
Australian Vintage CEO Neil McGuigan said: “We are extremely committed to the green agenda and take our responsibility to create a cleaner planet incredibly seriously. We are making significant progress on the ambitious sustainability targets we have set and are proud to be at the forefront of the renewable energy movement and leading the field in the wine industry.
“We are proud to be one of the first businesses to sign a hybrid Renewable Corporate PPA in Australia. This is a considerable milestone for the business which, as one of the biggest producers in Australia, operates at a scale that can deliver significant environmental benefits as a result of its green policies.
“The new partnership with Flow Power is a significant step towards our Buronga Hill winery being predominantly powered by renewable energy. By lowering our carbon emissions and putting renewables at the centre of our approach, we are playing our part in creating a more sustainable future.”
Flow Power managing director Matthew van der Linden added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Australian Vintage on this landmark deal. The team have aligned the profiles of the wind farm, solar plant and on-site solar at the Buronga Hill winery to create a solution that will meet its power needs for the next ten years.”
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