• Foodmach's Echuca site has 400 solar panels on its roof.
    Foodmach's Echuca site has 400 solar panels on its roof.
  • The Norlec system has saved the equivalent of a car travelling 3.5 million kilometres.
    The Norlec system has saved the equivalent of a car travelling 3.5 million kilometres.
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Foodmach’s Echuca factory has yielded one gigawatt of energy since fitting its Norlec Solar system in 2013, saving over 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

There are 400 solar panels on Foodmach’s 5400m2 roof, saving around 44 per cent of the total electricity drawn by the company’s manufacturing operations.

Foodmach also installed LED lighting throughout the facility in 2013, which has saved around 30 per cent of previous electricity usage for lighting.

“We installed the panels and LED lighting in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate ever-increasing power costs,” said Foodmach CEO Earle Roberts.

“Foodmach is committed to the sustainability and competitiveness of our products. We’re constantly looking for ways to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency.”

The electricity generated by the 100K/W Norlec system would be enough to power more than 5,900 houses in Echuca for almost a week.

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