Nestlé, the Swiss-based food and drink company, has opened a new wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries-shire to generate renewable electricity for its UK manufacturing operations.
The generation site has been developed in partnership with Community Windpower.
It comprises nine turbines which, combined, are now producing around 125GWh of power per annum – enough to supply half the annual electricity demands of all Nestlé’s UK and Ireland operations.
Each year, enough electricity to power 30,000 homes will be delivered back to the National Grid, meaning that Nestlé is now contributing directly to the de-carbonising of the UK and Ireland’s electricity supply.
Speaking at the officially opening, Stefano Agostini, Nestlé UK chief executive, said: “We already use 100% renewable, grid supplied electricity across all our UK and Ireland operations, but now with the opening of Sanquhar wind farm, we can supply half of our own energy here in the UK and Ireland.
“I’m delighted we not only using 100% renewable electricity to run our business here in the UK and Ireland, we are now responsible for producing it too.”
Rod Wood, Managing Director, Community Windpower said: “Nestlé are leading the way procuring a UK source of green energy directly from our latest Scottish wind farm.
“Scottish onshore wind is highly productive and Sanquhar will deliver over 45% capacity factor which will be supplied to the grid, thereby reducing fossil fuel generation.”
The scheme will contribute annually to a local community fund managed by Community Windpower, which will help provide economic, educational, environmental and social benefits for the lifetime of the wind farm. On site, a host of biodiversity protection and enhancement measures have been put in place to ensure local wildlife prospers alongside the new farm.
Community Windpower has built 800-MW of wind-power generating parcs in the UK – including sites in southern Scotland, Ayrshire and East Lothian.
Wood added: “Our agreement CS Wind UK Ltd in Campbeltown will ensure that our investment in Scotland continues as we intend to source 138 turbine tower sections from their factory for our new consented projects.”
5 Jul 2018