Kimberly-Clark will annually purchase output from 120MW of EDF Renewable Energy’s 154MW Rock Falls site in northern Oklahoma and from 125MW from Invenergy’s 300MW Santa Rita project in West Texas.
The Rock Falls project in Kay and Grant Counties in northern Oklahoma will comprise 60 Siemens turbines – nine SWT 2.3-108 models and 51 SWT 2.625-120 types. The Santa Rita site, which is spread across the Reagan, Crockett and Irion Counties in west Texas will feature 120 GE 2.5-116 turbines.
The wind farms are expected to go online by the end of this year and by the first quarter of 2018 respectively.
The PPAs mark the Kimberly-Clark’s first major commitment to renewable energy, it said, and will provide the corporation with about a third of its electricity needs in its North American manufacturing operations.
The corporation aims to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2005 levels by 2022. Lisa Morden, global head of sustainability at Kimberly-Clark, said the PPAs with Invenergy and EDF Renewable Energy will enable it to achieve a 25% reduction by 2018.
"It's a powerful demonstration of sustainability initiatives having both great environmental and business benefits," she added.
Jim Shield, Invenergy’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer said the partnership reflected a "sea change" in how corporations are thinking about sustainability."Leading American corporations are embracing wind and solar energy," he said.