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Barossa winery to install major solar panel system

Family-owned Barossa winery, Elderton, has been granted an $85,000 boost from the Federal Government to install one of the biggest solar powered winery projects in Australia.

Adding to the winery’s own significant investment in the project, it will see a major solar panel grid erected on the winery’s site in Nuriootpa that will be able to generate 150 kilowatts of clean power daily.

Elderton co-managing director Cameron Ashmead said they were ecstatic to see the grant approved.

"The solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity to easily satisfy our immediate demand, whilst also exporting excess power back into the public grid,” he said.

“Even through peak requirements during vintage, the majority of our power will be generated by the Sun."

The winery can expect to reduce C02 emissions by at least 55 tonnes annually through the new power source, and is aiming to have the system fully operational by the end of this year.

“In the challenging times we are currently experiencing, it is important not take our eye off the ball as to the future viability of our estate resources,” Ashmead said.

“This project, along with others, will help to ensure the winery is being run as efficiently and environmentally responsible as possible, hopefully safeguarding it for future generations to come."

The grant, which was confirmed yesterday today through AusIndustry’s Retooling for Climate Change programme, bolsters the winery's environmental initiatives that have been implemented over the past five years, including a cellar door already operating on solar driven energy.

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