Queensland energy generator and retailer CleanCo has struck a deal with Australian retail giant Wesfarmers to provide renewable energy to its major subsidiaries Kmart, Target, Bunnings Warehouse and Officeworks.

Trading since 2019, CleanCo is a state government owned company, and Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni says the deal represents a major step forward for renewable energy made and delivered in the Sunshine State.

“This is proof CleanCo is getting on with the job of connecting businesses in Queensland to clean, reliable energy from Queensland renewables and helping to decarbonise our economy,” he says.

“Every time Queenslanders visit these iconic retailers, they are supporting Queensland renewables jobs.

“The Queensland Government has a target to reach 50 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030, and we congratulate Wesfarmers for joining us on this journey.”

CleanCo interim CEO Darryl Rowell says Wesfarmers is committed to 100 per cent renewables by 2025.

“Kmart, Target and Officeworks are contracted to take our energy and large-scale generation certificates (LGC) to the end of 2030, while Bunnings is currently signed up to 2027,” he says.

“We will be providing this energy and LGC in part from Neoen’s Western Downs Green Power Hub solar farm – from which we have a power purchase agreement to take 320MW – and from MacIntyre Wind Farm [southwest of Brisbane] when it comes online in late 2023.

“Deals such as these allow us to support business and industry to reduce their carbon footprint with affordable, reliable green energy.”

Bunnings Warehouse group managing director Michael Schneider says partnering with CleanCo continues the hardware retailer’s commitment to source 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2025.

“This builds on the work we have already done to increase our renewable power use by installing solar PV systems at 88 sites across Australia, generating the equivalent capacity to power more than 4600 households,” he says.