Australian Vintage signs ground-breaking renewable energy deal

26 November, 2018 by Andy Young

Australian Vintage Limited (AVL) has signed a large-scale hybrid Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement, which will ensure that 90 per cent of consumption at its largest site is met by solar and wind power.

The deal is one of the first of its kind in Australia and highlights AVL’s commitment to buying energy from renewable sources for its Buronga Hill facility, which is the third largest winery in Australia.

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Australian Vintage Chief Executive Officer, 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.”

AVL has installed a solar system at the winery, which produces 30 per cent of the total power requirement. In order to supplement the bulk of the remaining power needed at the winery, AVL has signed a hybrid deal with energy provider Flow Power. The provider will deliver 60 per cent of the additional power needed at the winery through renewable, off-site sources.

McGuigan added: “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 10 years.”