One of Australia’s largest solar panel arrays – 5,200 panels covering 8,516 square metres – is nearing completion on the roof of the Coca-Cola Amatil Distribution Centre in Sydney’s Eastern Creek.
The panels will generate 2,400 MWh of electricity per annuum which is enough to power 400 homes or 63,000 LED street lights for one year. Completion is scheduled over summer with operation commencing in early 2020.
Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Australia, Mr Peter West said that the company was committed to generating low-carbon and renewable energy.
“Bottling is energy-intensive, and we rely on the power grid to reliably manufacture and supply Australia’s most popular beverages. It’s fair we contribute back to that grid through low-carbon and renewable sources like this solar panel array,” Mr West said.
“Inputs from the array are also expected to cut Amatil’s energy costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars at Eastern Creek and reduce our electricity usage from the local grid by 14 per cent.
“So this switch to solar is good news for sustainability and a good commercial outcome for the business.”
The solar panel installation has been managed and delivered by energy services provider Verdia. To see a simulation of what the site will look like upon completion, please see the video below.