SC Johnson will build two wind turbines at its largest global manufacturing plant at Waxdale in Mt. Pleasant, Wis.
The company received clearance to begin construction on the turbines, which will put wind power into the manufacturing of its popular cleaning products, such as Windex, Glade, Pledge, and Scrubbing Bubbles. The turbines are expected to be operational by the end of 2012.
“The wind turbines allow us to expand our use of green energy in manufacturing our products,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of SC Johnson, in a statement. “ When completed, the addition of these wind turbines will enable us generate on average 100 percent of our electrical energy on-site at Waxdale, with approximately 60 percent of it coming from renewable sources.”
Waxdale covers a space the size of 36 football fields. The wind turbines will generate about 8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the equivalent of powering more than 700 homes annually, and reduce carbon emissions associated with powering Waxdale by 6,000 metric tons a year.
In other news, BNB Renewable Energy Holdings said it will build a 9.7 megawatt photovoltaic solar project at Campbell Soup Co.’s largest U.S. manufacturing site in Napoleon, Ohio. BNB will own and operate the solar plant, Campbell will purchase the power, and First Energy Corp. will buy the solar renewable energy credits generated from the plant.
BNB is in final contract negotiations with SunPower Corp. for the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the project. The project, when completed, will be among the largest net-metered solar arrays in the United States and will create over 400 construction jobs in Ohio this year.
Other large shippers, such as Walmart
, have made similar renewable power installations and sustainability-related improvements at their plants and distribution centers across North America. For more details, see the April issue
of American Shipper