Winemakers to save thousands with new solar project

New solar power generators are expected to save leading winemakers, De Bortoli and Barossa Vintners, tens of thousands of dollars every year.

The project, partly funded by the federal government's Clean Technology Investment Program, will incorporate more than 1,300 solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation on-site.

The 230 kW solar array at De Bortoli Wines in Griffith NSW will provide process heat for the winery’s bottling operations and will be the largest solar power array on a winery in Australia, once built in June this year.

The array in Tanunda for Barossa Vintners will be the largest for a winery in South Australia, and the state’s fifth largest rooftop solar generator.

Late last year confectioner Robern Menz used a near-$500,000 government grant to embrace green technologies at its production facility in Glynde, Adelaide, while Teys Australia Meat Group was allocated a $4.17m grant through the Clean Technology Investment Program to make $8m worth of operational upgrades at its Rockhampton facility.


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