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Casella Family switches on solar facility

In its commitment to achieving Net-Zero emissions by 2050, Casella Family Brands switches one of the largest solar power facilities in the Australian beverage sector.

Casella Family Brands is based in Yenda NSW and is known for producing Australian wines including [yellow tail] wine, Peter Lehmann Wines, Brand’s Laira of Coonawarra, Baileys of Glenrowan and Morris of Rutherglen.

The facility will provide clean, renewable electricity to the company’s winemaking site in Yenda New South Wales, which is home to the world-famous [yellow tail] wine.

Through 8730 solar panels, Casella Family Brands state it will be capable of generating 11.53 GWh of clean electricity per year.

This will offset 7800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which is enough to meet the electricity needs of approximately 1900 Australian homes, or equivalent to planting 325,000 trees.

John Casella, founder, and managing director of Casella Family Brands states, “I’m extremely proud to unveil our investment in clean electricity through our two new solar systems.”

It’s not just the winery that will benefit from solar power, the facility will also power Casella Family Brands’ on-site brewery, home of the Australian Beer Company and its brands including Yenda Brewing Co., Son of a Nun and Pressman’s Cider.

In addition, Casella Family Brands has invested in a second solar system. This facility will provide clean energy to power the wastewater treatment plant and is capable of generating 890.47 MWh of electricity per year.

“As a family-owned business, we’re committed to playing a role in ensuring the resilience of the Australian wine industry for generations to come. This includes investing in the regions where we operate, supporting our growers during challenging market conditions and making strategic decisions to ensure our business is set up for long-term success,” said Casella.

Consisting of 936 panels it boasts 20-degree fixed tilt mounting selected for maximum generation and will contribute approximately 30 per cent of the facility’s electricity needs.

In September 2023, Wine Australia released an Emissions Reduction Roadmap for the Australian grape and wine sector. Wine Australia chief executive officer Dr Martin Cole said, “This is an important investment for Casella and the Riverina region and supports the broader sector’s work to safeguard the future of Australian wine.”

Both solar facilities were developed and constructed by Australia’s engineering, procurement, and construction company Next Generation Electrical.

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