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XXXX is proud to announce that a $2 million project to install solar power panels at the Castlemaine Perkins brewery in Milton has been completed.
A far cry from the famous big yellow wheel which faithfully supplied DC power to the brewery for over half a century and still takes pride of place at 185 Milton Road, the new solar panels will well and truly bring the historic Brisbane landmark into the 21st century.
More than 2,200 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the 140-year-old site, which will generate the equivalent amount of electricity consumed by 150 large homes in Brisbane in a year.
“This will reduce the site’s annual carbon emissions by about 1260 tonnes, which is about seven per cent of CO2 emissions from electricity used at XXXX,” Lion’s Group Supply Chain Director Ian Roberts said.
“We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and being a good neighbour to the many residents and businesses that call Milton home.
“And we will keep the big yellow wheel in place on Milton Road just as a reminder of how far we’ve come. It is change like this that has allowed us to preserve the brewery’s rich history and keep making Queensland’s favourite beer. This is something everyone at XXXX is very proud of.”
This latest investment in the brewery is on top of more than $5 million already spent on brewery improvements over the past decade.
“In addition to the solar power system, we have also installed a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis plant which reuses waste water – enabling XXXX Gold to be produced at a ratio of 2.8 litres of water for every litre of beer produced, which is approaching world-leading levels of efficiency for brewing,” Mr Roberts said.
The 690-kilowatt system will generate approximately 1,368,000 kilowatt hours every year.
Lion is committed to reducing our emissions by 30% by 2025, from a 2015 baseline.