Pernod Ricard Winemakers commences installation of the largest winery solar energy system in South Australia

Pernod Ricard Winemakers is proud to announce that their Jacob’s Creek winery will soon be home to one of the largest private installations of solar panels in South Australia. Working with AGL Energy, 2.8 MW of solar panels is currently being installed across two winery sites in the Barossa Valley.

In total, the new solar installation will be equivalent in size to the Adelaide oval playing surface, three soccer pitches or 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools and will be registered as a power station.

The installation will run from April 2018 until May 2019 and, when complete, will reduce the company’s annual grid electricity consumption by 20%.

AGL’s Head of Commercial Solar, Doug Landfear, said AGL is very pleased to be working with Pernod Ricard Winemakers to deliver what will be the largest combined solar installation in the wine industry in Australia.

“Once completed, the solar projects at Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ Rowland Flat and Richmond Grove facilities in the Barossa Valley are expected to generate around 4,000 MWh of renewable energy every year, which is equivalent to the energy consumed annually in approximately 800 South Australian homes” Mr Landfear said.

“Pernod Ricard Winemakers has made a clear commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, and we’re pleased to assist them with this solar project at their iconic facilities in the Barossa Valley.”

Stephen Cook, Sustainable Development Manager, Pernod Ricard Winemakers said, “Operating responsibly is important to our business, installing the 2.8 MW solar energy system will reduce our energy bills, produce our own clean energy, and support our commitment to the environment.”

The project aligns with Pernod Ricard Winemakers sustainability objectives and will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,300 tonnes.

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