Massive solar rooftop powers world record breakfast

Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 | Supplied by: Primo Smallgoods

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Primo Smallgoods is now home to what is claimed to be Australia’s largest single rooftop solar installation, which was recently introduced at the company’s factory in Wacol, Queensland.

With global meat production being responsible for nearly 15% of the world’s carbon emissions, and electricity usage at the Wacol site sitting at 38,000 MWh per annum, Primo partnered with CleanPeak Energy and Todae Solar on the solar installation in order to maintain a sustainable business and future. Covering roughly 25,000 m2 — approximately 75% of the factory’s roof — the 3.2 MW system will generate 4869 MWh of power in its first year and save 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years, the equivalent of powering 20,032 homes for one year.

To celebrate the rooftop’s installation, Primo Foods treated its factory workers to a massive feast — achieving a world record for the largest serving of breakfast rolls in the process.

The never-before attempted Guinness World Records title used over 140 kg of Primo shortcut bacon, 2160 eggs and 2100 rolls, all topped off with a choice of BBQ or tomato sauce. Cooked on barbecues powered by energy from the new solar panel system, the breakfast rolls were enjoyed by Primo workers, with the remainder donated to Foodbank to support people in need.

“To see 2091 breakfast rolls cooked purely off solar energy was truly remarkable,” said Brian Sobel, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records. “Congratulations Primo Foods on your official Guinness World Records title.”

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