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Pernod Ricard Winemakers pledges to source 100% renewable electricity

Published:  29 November, 2018

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has pledged to source 100% renewable electricity across all of its Australian sites by mid-2019.

When completed, the project would make it the largest combined winery solar installation in Australia supplying 20% of the business’ annual electricity usage, said the business.

Working with AGL Energy, the solar installation is expected to generate around 4,000 MWh of renewable electricity in the first year, which is equivalent to the electricity consumed annually in approximately 800 South Australian homes, it added.

To reach 100% renewable electricity, Pernod Ricard Winemakers has signed a landmark 10- year Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA) with wholesale electricity retailer Flow Power, to connect the business with renewable electricity sources.

This means the remaining 80% of the business’ annual electricity requirement will be met by solar and wind for the next 10 years through Flow Power, it said.

The agreement demonstrated Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ commitment to sustainability and responsibility, said legal & corporate affairs director, Helen Strachan.

“We are doing everything within our means to draw upon renewable energy, both in terms of our own renewable electricity sources at our winery and our commitment to supporting the renewable energy industry,” she said,

Announced today, the commitment supports Pernod Ricard’s global sustainability and responsibility goals and comes as 1MW of solar-generated electricity at its Barossa Valley Winery is officially switched on, marking the first completed stage of its 2.8MW solar installation project.