Packaging enterprise the Detmold Group has announced that it has begun powering “the first of its multiple facilities” with solar electricity, with a new 99-kilowatt, 243-panel system at its Regency Park facility beginning operations.
The company said on Monday that the new solar array uses photovoltaic modules assembled by Tindo Solar, a fellow Adelaide business and the country’s lone solar panel manufacturer.
Tindo Solar CEO Richard Petterson (pictured on right) said the project with Detmold was “an incredibly proud moment” for his company
“Australian manufacturers have a hard time, with offshore supply chains dominating our industry, it is vital that we also support local jobs and keep manufacturing jobs in Australia,” said Petterson in a statement.
Detmold expects its first solar system to reduce emissions “equivalent to [those] produced by 1,724 long haul flights”. It would have the same environmental benefit as planting 15,485 trees, while cutting 35 per cent of the site’s carbon emissions annually, according to the company.
It plans to introduce solar at least one new facility each year for the next three years.
The 75-year-old, family-owned Detmold business sells in 17 countries and manufactures in seven, with five Australian sites.
“Every effort counts, and we’ll be increasing our use of renewables annually to not only meet or exceed our own sustainability targets, but to contribute to global reductions,” said Sascha Detmold Cox (pictured left), who was announced as Detmold Group CEO last week.
“We will be expanding our implementation of solar each year as we know this is important not just locally, but in our production facilities across Australia and internationally.”