Solar panels roll out for Coca-Cola Amatil in Kewdale

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A COCA-Cola Amatil bottling operation in Kewdale will be part of a 10,000 solar panel installation to help reduce the company’s annual energy costs by up to $1.3 million.

Energy services company Verdia will roll out solar panels in three sites across three states in the next eight to ten months.

Kewdale will receive a 692kW size of solar PV from this 3.5 megawatt solar PV system.

Verdia chief executive officer Paul Peters said this was one of the biggest roof-top programs in the country with enough solar panels to cover 42 average suburban blocks.

“By mid next year, Coca-Cola Amatil will be drawing around 14 per cent less energy from the local electricity grid across these three sites,” he said.

“They’re replacing it with power from the sun, which equates to a reduction of 4163 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.”

Coca-Cola Amatil managing director of Australian beverages Peter West said they were committed to obtaining at least 60 per cent of their energy needs from renewable and low carbon sources by 2020.

“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,” he said.

Other sites receiving the solar panel installation are Eastern Creek in New South Wales and Richlands in Queensland.