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Nestlé UK and Ireland renewables use exceeds consumption

UK: A wind farm that enables food and drink company Nestlé to provide excess renewable energy to the grid has opened in south-west Scotland.

The Sanquhar wind farm was opened in early July (pic credit: Nestlé)
The Sanquhar wind farm was opened in early July (pic credit: Nestlé)

The approximately 125GWh/year produced at the 31MW Sanquhar wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway is capable of offsetting about half of the company’s energy needs in the UK and Ireland, it claimed.

But Nestlé already uses 100% renewable energy supplied from the grid, the company stated, meaning that the new capacity provides additional clean energy to the grid.

Sanquhar, which comprises nine of Vestas’ V112-3.45 turbines,was connected to the grid earlier this year, and is in the final stages of commissioning, according to its developer Community Windpower.

Nestlé, which produces breakfast cereals, coffee, and pet food, aims to procure 100% of its global electricity from renewable sources "within the shortest practical timescale", according to its website.

The company generates power using solar, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and biomass, and claims it met this target for its operations in the UK and Ireland in 2016.

Nestlé fully financed the new wind farm, but declined to disclose how much it cost.

Community Windpower developed the project and Dumfries-based contractor AMD carried out the majority of the construction work.

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