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TWE plans Australia’s largest winery solar installation

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Treasury Wines Estate (TWE) wineries in South Australia and Victoria will install 9500 solar panels by this year, marking the nation’s largest solar power project by a winery.

The winemaker has partnered with Shell Energy to produce wines more sustainably. The solar panels, including installations in employee car parks, will generate 5500 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.

TWE’s brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Wynns, Squealing Pig and Pepperjack will be produced using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2024.

TWE chief sustainability and external affairs officer Kirsten Gray said moving to renewable electricity was the most significant contribution the company could make on its journey to net-zero direct emissions.

“Electricity makes up about 70 per cent of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions, so switching to renewables is the single biggest and quickest action we can take to reduce emissions.”

Greg Joiner, Shell Energy Australia CEO, said: TWE has an opportunity to shape how the wine industry navigates the energy transition.

“TWE’s investment in renewable energy and emissions reduction roadmap ensures it has a clear and considered pathway to achieving its global sustainability goals.”

The Barossa Winery and Production Centre in South Australia and Karadoc Winery in Victoria are the first estates to be included in this initiative. The company has plans to install 29,000 solar panels across its vineyards throughout the world.

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