In a significant step towards sustainability, we’ve transformed our St Marys processing facility into an official ‘Power Station’. We’ve installed 469 photovoltaic panels, each with a capacity of 260 watts, on the facility’s roof. This 122 kW system now provides a substantial portion of the site’s power requirements.
While we received approval for subsidisation in the form of Large Scale Generation Certificates (LGCs), the installation still represented a significant capital investment. This underlines Programmed Timber Supplies’ commitment to processing products sustainably, both now and in the future.
Ironically, a processor in the forest industry sector can receive a subsidy for solar power generation due to the reduction in atmospheric carbon. Meanwhile, the far more significant carbon sequestration achievement by value-adding timber products goes unrewarded.
In addition to harnessing solar power, we’ve replaced all the high-bay lights in the facility with movement sensors and staged dimming LED lights. We’ve installed a Power Factor Correction Unit (PFCU) to reduce demand spikes. As power prices rise, the commercial decision behind these installations becomes more justified. It’s a future-proofing exercise.
At Programmed Timber Supplies, we always look ahead and go there. Our commitment to solar power and energy efficiency is just one example of how we’re planning for a sustainable future.