Coca-Cola Amatil ramps up switch to solar

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is nearing the completion of its solar panel arrays on the roof of the distribution centre in Sydney’s Eastern Creek. It is placing 5,200 panels that will cover 8,516 square metres of the facility’s roof.

CCA managing director of CCA Australia, Peter West, said that the solar panels can generate 2,400 MWh of electricity per annuum. This amount can provide power to 400 homes or 63,000 LED street lights for one year. The company said the operation will commence in early 2020.

“We’re committed to generating low-carbon and renewable energy equivalent to 60 per cent of our operations. We’re currently at 56 per cent for this year, and power from these panels will get closer to this goal,” said West in a statement.

“Bottling is energy-intensive, and we rely on the power grid to reliably manufacture and supply Australia’s most popular beverages. It’s fair we contribute back to that grid through low-carbon and renewable sources like this solar panel array.”

He added that the new solar panel is expected to cut the soft drinks company’s energy costs by “hundreds of thousands of dollars at Eastern Creek and reduce our electricity usage from the local grid by 14 per cent”. Renewable energy provider Verdia is overseeing the installation.

“Western Sydney has numerous industrial business parks and a massive warehousing footprint which is largely untapped for onsite solar. CCA is taking a leading role in changing this situation, and we look forward to other businesses following their lead,” Verdia CEO, Paul Peters, said.

Amatil pledge to its program Australian Renewable Energy Target. The company said the renewable energy systems generate Large-scale Generation Certificates for the business. CCA also pre-purchase energy from Victoria’s Murra Warra Wind Farm.

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