JBS, the largest meat processing company in the world, but who may be more widely known in Australia by their popular Primo Smallgoods brand found in grocery stores everywhere, has invested in “the largest single rooftop project in Australia”, according to the Queensland Times.
With a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 12% globally, JBS identified solar energy as a key strategy to reach that target was solar power. JBS CEO Brent Eastwood said recently in the Queensland Times, “We’ve got a strong commitment to the resources of this country, to reducing waste pollution and better use the natural resources.”
JBS is one of the many companies whose decision to go solar now has largely hinged on high energy prices and an exceptional business case given declining large-scale generation certificates (LGC’s) right now. “All utilities are going up, it’s a power saving and cost-saving venture, but it’s a sustainability to not waste natural resources,” says Eastwood.
JBS Australia chose Todae Solar to design, procure, and construct this historic project due to the vast experience with the food and beverage manufacturing industry and with complex, ground-breaking installations like the JBS Australia project.
The 3.2MW project comprising of around 9,700 solar panels will be installed on around 75% of the massive roof of the Primo Smallgoods factory in Wacol, QLD. The system is expected to produce around 4,850MWh of electricity in its first year – the equivalent of powering 20,032 homes for one year.
Todae Solar’s General Manager of Sales, Aris Hovardas, told the Queensland Times, “What we’re seeing with Primo [Smallgoods] is there is a movement right now in relation to corporate Australia moving into solar. The solar market in Australia is doing two-fold and three-fold growth numbers.”
This idea has even been picked up by the larger media with a recent Guardian article stating that, “Almost half of Australian big business [is] moving to renewables.”
The installation will begin next week and is expected to be complete and operational in a few months.
After nearly two years of planning, Todae Solar is proud to be a part of this record-breaking installation. Todae Solar’s experience in quality, commercial solar installations for Tier 1 corporates and manufacturers like JBS is unrivalled in the industry. If you are interested in commercial solar for your organisation, contact one of Todae Solar’s energy experts for a free, no-obligation consultation.
*According to the Queensland Times, at the time of writing.