Nestlé stirring up wind energy in California

Published: March 1, 2013 3:31 pm ET
Updated: March 1, 2013 3:39 pm ET

Image By: Nestlé Waters North America Inc. Two wind turbines provide 30 percent of the power at Nestlé Waters' Cabazon, Calif., plant

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Sustainability, Beverage (still water)

CABAZON, CALIF. -- Nestlé Waters North America Inc. has installed two wind turbines at its bottling plant in Cabazon that will power 30 percent of the facility.

When running at full capacity, the turbines can generate 1.6 megawatts of energy each and will produce about 12.9 million kilowatt-hours annually.

The turbines, which have been in operation for about two months, are Nestlé's first wind-energy project and a jump-start on the company's plan to move to completely renewable energy resources, said Larry Lawrence, Nestlé's regional natural resource manager.

"[Nestlé] has a deep-seated belief that moving to sustainable power is the way to go. This has been an opportunity for us to do that," he said by phone. "We have a commitment to get to 100 percent renewable energy. In Cabazon, we're 30 percent there."

Nestlé has a power purchase agreement with Foundation Wind­­power LLC for the turbines. Foundation, in Menlo Park, Calif., owns and operates the turbines and the power they produce. Nestlé purchases that power directly, the same way they would purchase power from a traditional energy firm, Lawrence said.

Nestlé also partnered with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians on the project, as the plant is located on tribal land.

Nestlé installed the turbines at its Cabazon plant, located in California's San Gorgonio Pass, because of the area's high wind potential.

And as energy is hard to come by in Southern California, installing a renewable energy source has some additional benefits, Lawrence said.

In times of high energy usage, the area can experience rolling blackouts or brownouts. If the community is losing power because of the Nestlé plant, "that's a horrible thing," he said.

"Being able to take 3.2 mega­watts of power off the grid is a huge win for the entire community," he added. "It's well over a thousand homes that can be powered completely by the power we're taking off the grid."

The company is looking at renewable energy projects at its other plants, though wind power doesn't make sense in all locations, Lawrence said.

Nestlé, based in Stamford, Conn., has 29 bottling facilities in North America. The roughly 760,000-square-foot Cabazon plant has eight bottling lines and both manufactures and fills bottles for the company's Pure Life and Arrowhead bottled waters.


Comments

Nestlé stirring up wind energy in California

Published: March 1, 2013 3:31 pm ET
Updated: March 1, 2013 3:39 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Major packaging merger includes plastics operations

January 26, 2015 12:24 pm ET

A merger of packaging companies MeadWestvaco Corp. and Rock-Tenn Inc. will create a new company with nearly $16 billion in annual sales.    More

Image

MonoSol optimistic it can reach new markets with water soluble films

January 26, 2015 4:46 pm ET

MonoSol LLC — riding a wave of growth spurred on by the rapid adoption of water soluble detergent packets in recent years — is looking to ...    More

Image

Auto industry on the hunt for new lightweight materials

January 26, 2015 4:03 pm ET

The auto industry is focusing on lightweighting, and this is igniting a race to find new materials that can meet ever-changing performance needs of...    More

Image

Material Insights: PP production issues, preparing for NPE

January 26, 2015 1:38 pm ET

Production problems in Texas add more complication for polypropylene, Entek has new equipment ready to show compounders at NPE and we take a look...    More

Image

Continental builds low-emission interior trim factory in China

January 26, 2015 12:33 pm ET

Benecke-Kaliko AG is making the largest investment in its history to build an environmentally friendly auto interior trim plant in China, prompted by ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events