Retail giant Woolworths has signed an agreement to purchase 100% renewable electricity for all its operations in South Australia.
Iberdrola will provide the renewable power from its newly-constructed Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, enabling Woolworths’ almost 70 supermarkets, 17 Big W stores and regional distribution centre in the region to fully transition to green energy.
The renewable park is believed to be the largest wind-solar plant in the southern hemisphere, with 320MW of capacity, consisting of 50 turbines and 250,000 solar panels.
The latest agreement will support Woolworths’ commitment to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO said: “South Australia will be the first state where every one of our sites are powered by green energy and we’re excited to use renewable energy generated locally to reduce the footprint of our stores from Roxby Downs to Renmark.
“South Australia has helped lead the transition to renewable energy in Australia, combining solar, wind and batteries to enable us to make this leap forward in our mission to be powered entirely by renewable sources by 2025.
“Our customers want us to make shopping better for the planet and renewable energy is just one of the ways we’re boosting sustainability – along with reducing plastic and increasing recycling – with the support of our sustainability innovation business Woolworths360.
“We’re proud to be making tangible changes today that will create a better tomorrow for generations to come and we look forward to building on this in other states over the next three years.”