Processor taps into clean energy

By Dairy News

DAIRY PROCESSOR Burra Foods has entered into a large-scale Renewable Corporate Power Purchase Agreement with Melbourne-based energy retailer Flow Power.

The deal will bring the company closer to meeting its energy efficiency goals, and give the business direct access to secure low-cost renewable energy over a 10-year period.

The renewable power, sourced from Ararat Wind Farm, is expected to deliver annual savings of more than 20 per cent and can be used in real time to offset grid electricity consumption.

“As a business, Burra Foods has very bold sustainability targets and we have invested heavily in renewable energy solutions that fit our usage demand,” Burra Foods supply chain and manufacturing general manager Stewart Carson said.

“Partnering with Flow Power and sourcing a steady supply of clean, renewable energy is a major step toward our facility being powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

“We remain committed to playing our part in sustainable dairy manufacturing.”

During peak periods, Burra Foods’ Korumburra factory can receive up to 1.5 million litres of fresh farm milk for processing every day.

The dairy manufacturer required an energy solution that would support its rigorous production schedule, improve its energy efficiency and provide price certainty.

Burra Foods has also announced an earlier payment of the Burra Supply Incentive. Instead of one payment in August, the payment will come in two instalments: the first on June 15 (with the May milk payment) and the second on July 15.

Last year, Flow Power announced the availability of its Renewable Corporate PPAs, giving Australian businesses the opportunity to tap into a globally recognised trend that lowers energy costs and benefits the environment and economy.

Renewable Corporate PPAs allow businesses to contribute to a lower carbon economy and reduce overall emissions, while potentially saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs.