Today Yalumba, together with AGL Energy Limited, celebrated a milestone in the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system installation at an Australian winery.
The 1.4 MW Solar PV System, one of the largest commercial solar system installations in South Australia, will consist of 5,384 panels installed across three Barossa locations: Yalumba Angaston winery, Oxford Landing Winery and the Yalumba Nursery.
As the project reaches the mid-way point, Nick Waterman, together with AGL Managing Director & CEO Andy Vesey and South Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment & Conservation, and Minister for Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hunter MLC, were on site to inspect the progress.
"This installation has been the result of a strong, collaborative effort between the Yalumba engineering team and AGL over the last 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.
"For more than 166 years, we have been dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment, believing that we are the custodians of the land and have a responsibility to pass it to future generations in good order. This installation is another important chapter in our sustainability journey," Nick said.
"As Australia's largest private owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation we welcome the opportunity to help Yalumba enhance its already impressive track record of sustainability. The solar system is expected to help Yalumba reduce its energy costs by approximately 20 percent each year and will produce approximately 2,000 MWh of renewable energy. This renewable energy generation will abate more than 1,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 340 cars off the road," said Mr Vesey.
The solar system installation began at the Yalumba Angaston winery in August 2016, with completion expected across all three sites in December 2016.
Nick Waterman and Andrew Murphy