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Australian Vintage signs ‘landmark’ renewable energy deal

Australian Vintage has become the first wine producer in Australia to ensure that 90% of its operations run on solar and wind power.

(Photo: Australian Vintage)

AV, which makes McGuigan and Tempus Two wine labels, signed a large-scale hybrid Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with provider Flow Power to ensure 90% of consumption at its largest site is met by renewable energy.

The company has also installed one of the largest privately-owned solar-power systems at the winery, which produces 30% of its power requirement.

Flow will deliver a further 60% of the winery’s requirements through renewable PPAs, the equivalent amount needed to power 2,200 homes for a year, significantly reducing the company’s environmental footprint.

Flow Power MD, Matthew van der Linden, commented: “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 ten years.”

Australian Vintage’s chief executive, Neil McGuigan, said the deal 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.

“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.”

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