Half Of Nestle’s U.K., Ireland Operations To Be Powered By Wind


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.

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