Food and beverage producer Nestle has announced that it will be meeting 50% of its electricity requirements in the UK and Ireland from a single renewable source from 2017.
The Sanquhar community wind farm is due to open in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland within a year, and once it goes into production it will provide 125 gigawatt hours (gwh) of electricity every year. That amount is the equivalent to the power required for 30,000 homes, and the partnership announced by Nestle and Community Windpower means that the nutrition giant will be buying the entire output from the new nine-turbine wind farm for 15 years.
Rod Wood is the managing director of Community Windpower, and he said: “Community Windpower are delighted to be working with Nestle by providing 50% of their energy requirements from our Sanquhar community wind farm project.”
Nestle has aimed to reduce its carbon footprint in in the UK by 40% before the year 2020, and they are well ahead of schedule in that aim. Its brought approval from WWF Scotland, whose director Lang Banks said: “”With its huge renewable energy resources, Scotland is an ideal location to source the power needed to create products more sustainably. This is a great example of how business can help meet the UK’s climate change targets.”