With Nestlé's investment, the project, which is the size of just over 600 hectares, or about 850 football fields, will add 208 megawatts of solar electricity to the US power grid. It will help Nestlé advance its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its operations.
In addition to its direct investment in the Ganado solar project, Nestlé will purchase 100% of the renewable electricity attributes, generated by the project's energy production — estimated to be an average of 333,000 megawatt hours per year for 15 years.
Therenewable electricity will be used to help power various Nestlé's US facilities, where household favorite brands, such as DiGiorno pizza, Stouffer's, Nesquik, Purina Pro Plan pet food, and Tidy Cats cat litter, are made. The annual carbon emission reduction is expected to be about 126,294 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to the emissions of more than 27,200 cars per year.
"We will continue to accelerate the use of renewable electricity, including wind and solar, to source 100% renewable electricity across our sites globally by 2025, and to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050," said Howard Baker, global head of Engineering Service and Technologies at Nestlé. "Our investment in this solar project is an important milestone to achieve these objectives: We will use renewable electricity to help power our US manufacturing facilities, while also contributing to increasing the amount of renewable energy available in the US."
Kate Short, Chief Procurement Officer, Nestlé North America, added that the brand is continuing acceleration of its work to make sure products are produced and transported sustainably. "Not only will our investment in Ganado help reduce carbon emissions across our US manufacturing sites, but we're also proud that it will help expand the availability of renewable energy in the U.S., adding enough solar electricity to power about 24,574 homes each year."
The investment in Ganado builds on the Nestlé's 2020 investment in solar project Taygete I in the US. Nestlé will continue to progress its work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to use more renewable energy to manufacture its products.