Queensland brewers Castlemaine Perkins, part of Lion’s Group and makers of the popular XXXX beer, have announced the completion of a $2 million project to install solar panels at its brewery in Milton, reducing its electricity consumption and emissions.
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.
“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 wastewater – 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 690kW system will generate approximately 1,368,000kW hours every year.
Lion has also committed to reduce its emissions by 30 per cent by 2025, from a 2015 baseline.