Australian Vintage has become the first wine producer in Australia to sign a large-scale Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement, so 90 per cent of electricity consumption at its largest site will be met by solar and wind power.
The deal with energy provider Flow Power is a major step in the company’s commitment to using energy from renewable sources to operate its Buronga Hill facility in south-western New South Wales, the third largest winery in Australia, as well as its two other sites in the Hunter and Barossa Valleys.
The company, which produces leading brands including McGuigan and Yaldara, has also installed one of Australia’s largest privately owned solar systems at Buronga Hill, which produces 30 per cent of the site’s power requirements.
As a result of the agreement, Flow Power will deliver a further 60 per cent of the winery’s power, significantly reducing the company’s environmental footprint.
“We are extremely committed to the green agenda and take our responsibility to create a cleaner planet incredibly seriously,” Australian Vintage CEO Neil McGuigan said. “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 said: “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.”