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Bowens invests in large scale solar rooftops

The building materials and hardware retail business is setting itself up for a sustainable future

Victoria-based Bowens has invested $1.2 million in a rooftop solar installation along with power factor correction units as a way of cutting its carbon emissions and implementing sustainable practices, according to pv magazine.

The fourth-generation, family-owned company has committed to reducing its carbon footprint through its investment in solar and power factor correction units (PFCs). It has led to 1,386 Trina solar modules installed by Beon Energy Solutions at Bowens' manufacturing subsidiary Timbertruss in Corio, Geelong (VIC). This should see Bowens' energy reliance reduced by up to a third on current annual use.

Beon Energy Solutions' business development manager Jeremy Mugavin said the project is worth celebrating and said Bowens is a "great example of a progressive business investing in suitable power alternatives to reduce their carbon footprint".

The increasing demand for sustainable building materials means Bowens' customers can be assured that what they are buying is powered, in part, by solar. Bowens chief investment officer, Andy Bowen, told pv magazine:

The world around us has seen a heightened focus on the environmental impacts of corporations and governments both big and small. It is our duty as an industry leader to play a positive role in this movement and do what we can, from recycling waste to reducing our power consumption.
Sustainability and energy efficiency is at the forefront of senior management's long term strategic decision making. The business is investing millions of dollars in upgrading our stores and facilities, making sure that we minimise our carbon footprint at every turn.

Bowens believes business leaders need to play their part in sustainable practices in the construction industry. Mr Bowen said:

Our ongoing commitment to helping Australians build better includes addressing long term challenges that face our industry by investing responsibly in sustainable practices. We will continue to prioritise sustainable business decisions as we deliver the highest quality building materials for all Australian builders.

The PFCs were installed by Energy Aware across 16 stores and should contribute to more savings in electricity consumption by maintaining reactive power levels.

Related: Mitre 10 in Horsham (VIC) worked local solar specialists at Wade's on how to maximise sunlight and extensive roof space.

A Mitre 10 store in regional Victoria is exploring the benefits of solar and renewable energy - HNN Flash #42, April 2021

Related: Bunnings has pledged to source 100% renewable electricity for its operations by 2025.

Bunnings works towards 100% renewables - HNN Flash #22, November 2020
  • Source: pv magazine
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