Kellogg’s seals solar deal to power NSW operations
Cereal maker Kellogg’s Australia has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Beryl Solar Farm to power its
manufacturing operations in NSW.
The new deal will allow Kellogg’s to offset the carbon impact of its manufacturing plants for the next seven and a half years, the equivalent energy needed to create about 630 million boxes of cereals in Australia.
The PPA will also help deliver on Kellogg’s sustainability commitments by displacing around 139,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Kellogg’s Australia & New Zealand managing director, Esme Borgelt, said the company is making continuous improvements in manufacturing to reduce energy demand and increase the available renewable energy in the system.
“We live in a country that is experiencing firsthand the effects of a changing and unpredictable climate, and, as a business that manufactures in Australia, we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment,” Borgelt said on Wednesday.
“Our partnership with the Beryl Solar Farm enables us to champion and support the clean energy revolution, helping to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from both our head office and manufacturing site in Australia, as part of our broader sustainability commitments.”
The solar farm has the power to generate electricity for approximately 25,000 average NSW homes. Every year, it is expected to displace about 153,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, while saving 37 million litres of water.
Beryl Solar Farm is developed and operated by First Solar and owned by New Energy Solar. John Martin, CEO and managing director of New Energy Solar, said the company is “very pleased” to be entering into the agreement with Kellogg’s.
“Not only does it increase the proportion of Beryl’s output that is contracted, but it also demonstrates the appetite of Australian corporates for renewable power. Solar-generated electricity achieves both cost and environmental goals for Australian companies and their stakeholders, and we look forward to this partnership with Kellogg’s Australia,” Martin said.
Through the project’s Community Engagement Plan it will reinvest in the local community via the Beryl Solar Farm community fund. The development fund supports community projects projects and events to support community needs such as environment, education, youth, social, culture, sport, recreation and economic development.