Andrews Meats goes solar

Food service and value-added meat provider Andrews Meat Industries (AMI), is set to reduce its energy consumption by more than 20 per cent thanks to solar energy.

Construction commenced in September at the Lidcombe facility, with the solar installation being the second within the JBS Australia Group.

With the meat industry contributing heavily to the world’s carbon emissions, AMI Director Harry Andrews said the solar installation was a logical move to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint.

“As a market leader in the food service industry, we are committed to sustainably meeting the needs of our customers domestically and internationally,” Andrews said.

“Operating in an industry with increasing and expensive energy usage means we need to take measures to reduce the environmental impact of our operations through sustainable business practices.”

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Covering almost 6,000 square meters, the installation will reduce the energy consumption at site by more than 20 percent, equating to a decrease of more than 19,000 tonnes of emissions per annum.

The 836KW installation will cover around 90 per cent of the facility’s roof and will generate 1,202 Megawatt hours per year – enough energy for a car to drive almost 76 million kilometres.

“As we strive to continually improve our resource efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint, the 2,300-panel installation will make a considerable impact on our reliance on grid energy usage,” Andrews said.

The AMI solar installation is the second for the JBS Australia Group, following the Primo Foods 3.2MW installation at the Wacol facility in late 2018.

The solar installation for AMI is in addition to recent sustainability initiatives including:

  • Water consumption management through work practices and efficient wash-down equipment.
  • Use of environmentally safe cleaning detergents.
  • Recycling of cardboard and paper products.
  • LED lightening installation – upgrade stage one completed.
  • Reduction of transport movements through greater customer delivery consolidation.
  • Refrigeration plant maintenance to achieving lower electricity and refrigerant consumption.

Todae Solar, the same team who constructed the installation at Primo’s Wacol facility, will be implementing the solar solution at the AMI Lidcombe site.

Aris Hovardas, General Manager Sales for Todae Solar, said Todae Solar are proud to be selected for a second time as the preferred provider of a large single rooftop solar system with JBS.

“We are happy to see an increasing number of food processing facilities offsetting their carbon emissions and reducing their electricity costs through self-generation,” Mr Hovardas said.

“JBS are leading the way and setting an example for their industry with this latest system, following on from their record-setting Wacol facility in Queensland late last year.”

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