Client Success Story
10,000 commercial solar panel rollout for Australian bottling giant
Coca-Cola Amatil is one of the largest bottlers and distributors of non-alcoholic and alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages in the Asia Pacific, and one of the world’s larger bottlers of The Coca-Cola Company range. With around 14,000 employees working in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa, CCA works across six countries with 34 production facilities and 40 warehouse facilities.
Verdia is managing the installation of 10,000 solar panels over two hectares of roof space at three large Coca-Cola Amatil industrial properties in Western Australia, Queensland and NSW.
The solar PV systems have a generating capacity of 3.5 megawatts and will help cut Coca-Cola Amatil’s annual energy costs by up to $1.3 million. The 1.18 megawatt installation at the Queensland industrial precinct of Richlands is fully powered up, while the smaller 690 kilowatt installation in Kewdale, Western Australia is complete and undergoing final grid connection.
Site work on the largest of the solar panel systems – a massive 1.7 megawatt system in Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west – will begin this month.
Expected number of solar panels
Area of panels equal to – 2 hectares, 42 average suburban blocks or 76.5 tennis courts
Annual reduction in carbon emissions
Carbon emission savings equivalent to – 2,337 cars taken off Australian roads, 1.7 million litres of petrol burnt
Equivalent to carbon sequestered by 14 acres of forest (global average)
From business case to design, installation and ongoing performance monitoring
The project is one the largest industrial solar PV programs in the country. It involved the completion of site inspections, electrical connection investigations, engineering designs and financial modelling as part of the scoping work for the project.
Verdia managed more than 50 contractors and suppliers working across New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia to fast track the project delivery, and will continue to monitor and maintain the systems.
The program involves the installation of enough solar panels to cover 42 average suburban blocks, helping the company to reduce its energy from the grid by about 14%. It will also help cut greenhouse gas emissions by 4,163 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The three sites are used for soft drink production, bottling and distribution. Coca-Cola would use almost all of the energy from the three solar systems on site – with little or no export – given they have steady predictable load seven days a week.
They generally use more energy in summer which is their peak production period and this coincides with greater onsite energy production from the solar arrays. This reduces any potential spill into the grid – so the business case for the program is not predicated on export to the electricity to the grid.
Visualisation of solar panels at CCA’s Eastern Creek facility
An environmental and commercial investment
Coca-Cola Amatil Managing Director for Australian Beverages, Peter West said the investment made sense both commercially and environmentally.
“On current figures the installation will pay for itself in six to seven years and is expected to provide an additional $14 million benefit over its lifetime,” Mr West said.
“We’re also committed to obtaining at least 60 per cent of our energy needs from renewable and low-carbon sources, by 2020.”
“So, this installation is a win-win for us, and congratulations to the team at Verdia for helping make it a reality.”
The Coca-Cola Amatil project is part of an estimated 68MW of behind-the-meter solar PV systems being developed and installed by Verdia across Australia. This covers the property, manufacturing, agribusiness, government, education and the health and aged care sectors.
Time lapse footage at Coca-Cola Amatil Richlands, QLD
The 1.1MW solar PV system at the Coca-Cola Amatil Richlands site has officially been switched on.
Time lapse footage of Coca-Cola Amatil’s bottling facility in Richlands, Queensland, was taken between May and July 2019.
On current figures, the installation will pay for itself in six to seven years and is expected to provide an additional $14 million benefit over its lifetime. This installation is a win-win for us, and congratulations to the team at Verdia for helping make it a reality.