Nestle installed its first wind energy project with the hosting of two wind turbines at its Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) bottling plant in Cabazon, California. The turbines will provide wind power for 30 percent of the facility where the company produces its Arrowhead and Nestle Pure Life brand bottled waters.
Nestle chose this location for its wind turbines, along the I-10 corridor in southern California, because of the high wind potential. The two 1.6 MW GE wind turbines in Cabazon will produce an average of 12,900,000 kWh annually, powering the equivalent of 1,100 U.S. homes.
The project will also save 7,320 tons of carbon emissions, offsetting the equivalent emissions from 20,687 oil barrels and saving the equivalent of 1,897 acres of trees.
Nestle partnered with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Foundation Windpower to site and host and commission the wind turbines. Foundation Windpower installs, operates and owns the wind turbines, and its associated environmental attributes, and the company purchases the power produced directly and receives renewable energy credits from Foundation Windpower, reducing the company’s power needs from the Southern California power grid.
The installation of the wind turbines in Cabazon is part of Nestle’s long-term renewable energy plan. In 2004, the Cabazon plant earned a LEED Silver Rating. Today, the company has 10 LEED-certified facilities, covering 3.7 million square feet and diverting 22,000 tons of waste material from landfills.
In addition, NWNA produces 98 percent of its single-serve PET plastic bottles on-site at company bottling facilities, saving 6.6 million gallons of fuel per year through reduced transportation requirements.