CBH to add solar generators to grain facilities

by World Grain Staff
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WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The CBH Group said on Feb. 24 that it has entered into a supply contract with Perth, Australia, clean energy company EMC to engineer, procure and construct three large solar power generators at their grain handling and workshop facilities at Bibra Lake, Geraldton and Forrestfield.

The total investment exceeds A$1 million and is likely the largest single non-grant or subsidy supported investment in distributed solar generation business sites in Western Australia.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this high profile project and admire CBH’s courageous leadership in opting to deploy de-centralized solar generation as a means of managing spiraling grid energy costs,” said EMC Chief Executive Officer John Davidson. “We are seeing more and more WA Businesses looking at implementing this energy solution that delivers real economic bank-ability.”

The three installations will use EMC’s purpose-built, proprietary carport structures, roof mount and rapid deployment ground-mount framing, and generate around 300,000kWh of energy every year for the next 25 years.

“We began studying solar about three years ago, and during that time, EMC have been helping us with engineering and financial modelling. In 2013, we ran a trial with solar providers and EMC’s engineering and construction capabilities were easily recognized,” said CBH Category Manager Ross Engel. “In awarding this contract we are investing in a real economic model that may be the pathway to further expansion of our energy independence.”

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