NSW vineyard going solar with one of Australia’s first commercial PPAs

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Tyrrell’s Wines to host one of Australia’s first commercial solar power purchase projects, with installation of 350kW PV system at Hunter Valley vineyard.

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A major Australian wine maker will host one of Australia’s first commercial solar power purchase projects, with the installation of a 350kW PV system for NSW-based company, Tyrrell’s Wines.

Sunlease, a Solgen Group solar leasing company, announced on Tuesday it was nearing completion of the system at Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley vineyard, home to the 5th generation Australian family-owned business.

“Renewable energy is something we feel very strongly about, and we are happy to be able to keep on producing award-winning wines, powered by the sun,” said the winemaker’s CEO, Bruce Tyrrell.

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“Through a purchase power agreement with Sunlease, I did not pay any up-front fees for the installation of the system,” Tyrrell said.

“I can also look forward to paying a fixed amount per kWh for the winery’s energy consumption for the next 20 years. In my view, this is a stable opportunity for the business.”

It is the latest of numerous wineries to go solar in Australia. Peter Lehmann Wines recently installed a 125kW solar installation, WA’s watershed last year completed a 149kW solar system on the rooftops of its barrel store and wine warehouse, joining wineries in the Tanundra, and McLaren Vale regions of South Australia; NSW’s Hunter Valley; and the De Bortoli winery near Griffith NSW, which launched its solar 230kW PV generator and 200kW solar thermal hot water system in 2013.

Sunlease will own the 350kW Solgen-built solar array and will sell the output at a fixed cost directly to Tyrrell’s Wines for the term of the agreement.

It is expected to generate around 563MWh each year and offset a significant portion of electricity for the operating infrastructure of the vineyard, saving the company around 26 per cent against the standard utility costs.

“As a group, we continue to pursue opportunities for our customers that make financial sense over the long-term,” said Sunlease Director David Naismith.

“Through Sunlease, we’re investing in on-site solar power generation for our customers so they can purchase power at fixed rates, lower than the grid. The long-term savings potential is enormous.”

The official opening of the Tyrrell’s solar system will be on Friday, 5 June 2015 at the wine maker’s vineyard in Pokolbin, NSW.

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3 Comments
  1. Faulco Pete 4 years ago

    I imagine that they will be quite busy cleaning the coal mine dust off the panels so that they perform at an optimum level.

    • Barri Mundee 4 years ago

      I live in a coal mining area and I have solar but have never found the need to remove any coal dust. A decent shower washes any dust off.

  2. Caroline Kades 4 years ago

    Congratulations to Tyrells and Sunlease!

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