Nestle commissions nine-turbine-strong wind farm in Scotland

Published: 04 Jul 2018 By Grace Kimberley

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Nestle has executed a nine-turbine wind project in Scotland, with plans to produce enough electricity to power half of the food and beverage giant’s factories, offices and warehouses in the UK and Ireland.

The household name released a statement last Tuesday confirming the opening of the facility, which is expected to generate 125-gigawatt hours of power annually- enough to power 30,000 homes.

The farm is positioned at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, and has been constructed by Nestle in a partnership with Community Windpower.

“We all have a part to play in reducing climate change and its effects while making sure that we safeguard our planet’s future,” Stefano Agostini, the CEO of Nestle U.K. and Ireland, said.

“We already use 100 percent renewable, grid supplied electricity across all our U.K. and Ireland operations, but now with the opening of Sanquhar wind farm, we can supply half of our own energy here in the U.K. and Ireland,” Agostini added. 

Looking at the bigger picture, Nestle is aiming to procure all of its electricity from renewable sources such as wind power, solar and hydropower “within the shortest practical timescale.” 

According to the Scottish government, Scotland is responsible for 25 percent of Europe’s offshore wind power generation.

Nestle is a member of RE100, a climate-change initiative containing some of the world’s largest and most successful businesses, partnered in a commitment to renewable energy. Members of the initiative include Apple, HSBC, Microsoft and Tetra Pak.

 

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