Woolworths will power its South Australian stores using renewable energy from July, with other states soon set to follow its lead.
The move comes amid a new renewable energy partnership that will see the retailer’s almost 70 supermarkets, 17 BIG W’s and Adelaide Regional Distribution Centre go green.
Renewable electricity will be sourced from Iberdrola Australia’s wind turbines and solar network at the newly developed Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park.
Here, 50 turbines and 250,000 solar panels will work in tandem to supply 100,000 Megawatt hours of renewable electricity per year on the retailer’s behalf.
South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, said the switch was the latest in his state’s list of environmentally concious efforts.
“This is the way the world is moving. Private capital is now leading the charge in backing clean energy, which presents a big opportunity for South Australian jobs,” he said.
“Which is why the State Labor Government is working to ensure we maintain our position as a national leader on renewable energy.”
Woolworths will gradually replace non-reusable energy contracts in other states across Australia by 2025.
CEO Brad Banducci said the scheme is aimed to drive down Woolworths’ carbon footprint.
“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,” he said.
“Our customers want us to make shopping better for the planet, and renewable energy is one of the key ways we’re boosting sustainability.”
The supermarket giant is the country’s largest retailer and represents around one per cent of the country’s total energy use.