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Friday 30 November 2018

Major wine producer commits to 100% renewable energy use

Pernod Ricard Winemakers, the company behind labels such as Jacob's Creek and St Hugo, has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity in Australia by mid-2019, supporting the company's global sustainability and responsibility goals.

The announcement came as Pernod Ricard Winemakers celebrated the official "switch-on" of 1MW of solar-generated electricity at its Barossa Valley Winery at Rowland Flat, marking the first completed stage of the company's 2.8MW solar installation project.

Men in hi-vis jackets on the winery roof
When completed in mid-2019, this will be the largest combined winery solar installation in Australia and will supply 20% of the business' annual electricity usage. 

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.

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. The business will be the first in South Australia that is connected to both off-site wind and solar farms.

This means the remaining 80% of the business' annual electricity requirement will be met by solar and wind for the next 10 years though Flow Power.

The commitment to its own solar project combined with the VGA will allow Pernod Ricard Winemakers Australia to achieve its ambition to source 100% renewable electricity ahead of its original plans.

Helen Strachan, Pernod Ricard Winemakers' Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, said the agreement demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and responsibility.

"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.

"We are excited to be leaders in defining the future of sustainable business in a rapidly changing environment."

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