We are Australia’s largest producer of electricity from biomass. Our eight sugar mills have a total generation capacity of 202 megawatts, producing about 620,000 megawatt hours of electricity each year.
We create enough renewable electricity to power our mills and export significant quantities to the Queensland power grid. We export about 311,000 megawatt hours of electricity into the grid each year. That’s enough to power more than 68,000 Australian homes for 12 months.
Unlike some other forms of renewable electricity, our mills can generate power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We stockpile bagasse at each of our mills to secure year-round supply to the boilers. Each large stockpile is sufficient to generate power for up to 2,000 homes a year and can produce more electrical energy than 90 of South Australia’s giant Lithium batteries.
Pioneer Mill's cogeneration plant is the largest generator in Australia run on biomass alone. It has a generation capacity of 68 megawatts and produces about half of our total export volume.