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Australian Vintage inks ‘groundbreaking’ renewable energy deal

Published:  27 November, 2018

Australian Vintage has signed what it claims to be a ‘landmark’ agreement to source energy from solar and wind farms at its largest site.

Buronga Hill in New South Wales - the third largest winery in Australia – will be predominantly powered by renewable energy under the hybrid Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The McGuigan Wines, Tempus Two and Nepenthe winemaker signed the 10-year deal with energy provider Flow Power to supply 60% of the winery’s requirements through renewable PPAs, the equivalent needed to power 2,200 homes for a year.

A large privately-owned solar system has also been installed at the winery to produce 30% of its power requirement, taking the total amount of green energy consumed by the site to 90%.

“We are extremely committed to the green agenda and take our responsibility to create a cleaner planet incredibly seriously,” Australian Vintage chief executive officer, Neil McGuigan, said.

“We are making significant progress on the ambitious sustainability targets we have set and are proud to be at the forefront of the renewable energy movement and leading the field in the wine industry.

“We are proud to be one of the first businesses to sign a hybrid Renewable Corporate PPA in Australia. This 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."

Flow Power managing director, Matthew van der Linden, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Australian Vintage on this landmark deal. 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.”