Arnott’s biscuit factory goes green with Sungrow and CleanPeak Energy’s solar initiative

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Sungrow, a global leader in PV inverters and energy storage systems, has partnered with CleanPeak Energy to power Arnott’s Biscuit Factory with renewable energy.

This collaboration marks the beginning of a significant 4.95MW/11MWh solar-plus-storage project aimed at transforming Arnott’s Huntingwood manufacturing facility into a fully sustainable operation by 2029, Sungrow said in a media release.

The 44,000-square-meter factory, operating 24/7 with five automated production lines, produces 53 per cent of Arnott’s total biscuit output, including popular brands like Tim Tam, Shapes, and Jatz.

With over 400 employees, the facility generates approximately 56 million kilograms of biscuits annually.

CleanPeak Energy plans to supply more than 7GWh of renewable energy by installing a 5MW rooftop solar system, rated at 4.6MW, integrated with an 11MWh battery energy storage system.

Sungrow’s advanced SG4950HV-MV inverter will be at the core of this setup, ensuring efficient power transmission and minimal losses due to its high-voltage capability.

The inverter’s intelligent operation and maintenance system will optimize energy management across various weather conditions, further enhancing cost-effectiveness with its integrated design.

Joe Zhou, APAC Vice President of Sungrow, expressed pride in participating in this prestigious project.

“In Australia, Sungrow has firmly established itself as a leading player in the renewable energy market, boasting a significant market share and a consistently growing number of installations,” Zhou noted.

Meanwhile, Philip Graham, CEO of CleanPeak Energy, highlighted the significance of this collaboration, stating, “after a comprehensive selection process, we were delighted to work with Sungrow to deliver one of the largest integrated solar / battery projects located behind the meter in Australia.”

He continued, “Our customer, Arnott’s will receive “firmed” secure renewable energy at the Huntingwood facility ensuring the iconic Tim Tam Biscuit is made with renewable energy for many years to come.”