December 5 (Renewables Now) - Australia-based Pernod Ricard Winemakers, part of French alcoholic beverages maker Pernod Ricard SA (EPA:RI), said Thursday it has hit its target of using 100% renewable electricity for its sites earlier than expected.
At the company's two Barossa Valley wineries, AGL Energy Limited (ASX:AGL) has finalised the installation of over 10,300 solar panels with a total capacity of 2.8 MW. They will generate 4 GWh of power a year, supplying 20% of the business’ annual electricity usage.
In addition, the company has a 10-year Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA) with wholesale electricity retailer Flow Power to cover the rest of its annual electricity needs with power from offsite wind and solar installations.
"Pernod Ricard Winemakers is excited to be the first large wine company in Australia to produce wine using electricity sourced entirely from renewable sources, well ahead of our initial goal and other large wine companies," chief operations officer Brett McKinnon said.