When completed next year, Community Windpower’s Sanquhar Community Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, will power half of Nestle’s operations in the U.K. and Ireland.
According to the U.K.-based developer, all of Nestle’s grid-supplied electricity in the U.K. and Ireland already comes from renewable sources. Now, through a 15-year contract with Community Windpower, the project will generate power to initially cover half of Nestle’s electricity needs.
The wind farm, opening in the first of the year, will comprise 9 turbines and produce approximately 125 GWh of power per annum – enough to supply the annual demands of 30,000 homes.
“We announced back in April that all of our grid-supplied electricity is coming from renewable sources, but [this] announcement takes things a huge step further,” says Dame Fiona Kendrick, chairman and CEO of Nestle for the U.K. and Ireland.
Community Windpower says Nestle aims to achieve 100% renewable energy operations globally in the shortest practical timescale through RE100, a global initiative to engage, support and showcase influential companies committed to using 100% renewables.
Nestle also plans to reduce its U.K. carbon footprint by 40% by 2020; this target will be reached or exceeded well ahead of schedule, says Community Windpower.