• Andrews Meat Industries rooftop with a mock-up of the solar power installation that will reduce its carbon emissions by 20 per cent.
    Andrews Meat Industries rooftop with a mock-up of the solar power installation that will reduce its carbon emissions by 20 per cent.
  • Andrews Meat Industries rooftop without the solar panels.
    Andrews Meat Industries rooftop without the solar panels.
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Meat supplier Andrews Meat Industries (AMI) will cut its energy consumption by 20 per cent with a solar installation at its Lidcombe facility in western Sydney.

AMI director Harry Andrews said that with the meat industry known to contribute heavily to the world’s carbon emissions, it was a “logical move” to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

Covering almost 6000 square meters, the installation will reduce energy consumption at site by more than 20 per cent. It equals an emissions decrease of more than 19,000 tonnes a year, the company said.

The 836KW, 2300 panel installation will cover around 90 per cent of the facility’s roof and will generate 1202 Megawatt hours per year.

Andrews said: “Operating in an industry with increasing and expensive energy usage means we need to take measures to reduce the environmental impact of our operations through sustainable business practices.”

The AMI solar installation is the second for the JBS Australia Group, following the Primo Foods 3.2MW installation at the Wacol facility in late 2018.

Todae Solar was the solar provider. GM sales Aris Hovardas said: “We are happy to see an increasing number of food processing facilities offsetting their carbon emissions and reducing their electricity costs through self-generation.”

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