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Primo Foods unveils Australia’s largest single rooftop solar installation

solarAustralian bacon producer Primo Foods last week unveiled Australia’s largest single rooftop solar installation at its factory in Wacol, Queensland as part of efforts to maintain a sustainable business and future.

The roof will generate 4,869 MWh of power in its first year and save 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years.

Primo partnered with CleanPeak Energy and Todae Solar to implement the solar panel system to make a sustainable contribution to electricity usage at the site which sits at 38,000 MWh per annum.

With global meat production being responsible for nearly 15 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, Primo wanted to promote the sustainability of natural resources while still providing quality products.

 

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The solar panel stretches roughly 25,000 square metres, making up approximately 75 per cent of the factory’s roof surface.

In celebration of the solar rooftop, the company produced managed another big win, breaking a Guinness World Record title for the ‘Largest Serving of Breakfast Rolls’. Primo Foods Chief Operating Officer Bruce Sabatta unveiled the solar panel roof, whilst 2,091 Primo bacon and egg rolls were cooked on barbeques powered by energy from the 3.2-megawatt solar panel system.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating two huge firsts for Australia today; the launch of the country’s largest single solar panel rooftop Australia’s largest single rooftop solar installation here at the Primo factory in Wacol, and an official Guinness World Records title for the Largest Serving of Breakfast Rolls, complete with our very own delicious shortcut bacon,” Sabatta said.

“We know Aussies love a good bacon and egg roll for breakfast, and we wanted to do something to celebrate with our staff and the local community,” he said.

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In just under two hours, 50 Primo workers dished up over 2000 breakfast rolls to staff with the remainder donated to Foodbank to support people in need.

Brian Sobel, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, measured and assessed the record.

“To see 2,091 breakfast rolls cooked purely off solar energy was truly remarkable,” Sobel said. “Congratulations Primo Foods on your official Guinness World Records title.”

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