General Mills Methuen Warehouse is Company’s First Solar Powered U.S. Facility
Advancing General Millsâ€™ commitment to renewable energy, the company today announced a major solar energy initiative at its Methuen, Mass., facility. With the installation of solar panels now complete, solar energy is expected to supply nearly 80 percent of the warehouseâ€™s summertime power needs, and 40 percent of its needs the rest of the year.
The site, which produces yogurt, is the companyâ€™s first U.S. facility to produce its own electricity via solar energy. Today, at an on-site celebration, employees, government officials, saw the solar panels first hand by way of a sky lift, which raised them to the roof for observation. The panels were designed and installed by clean energy company Nexamp.
“MassCEC is thrilled to see forward thinking companies such as General Mills reducing their carbon footprint and helping lessen our dependence on fossil fuels,â€ said Patrick Cloney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (MassCEC) which awarded General Mills a rebate for the solar panel installation.
What solar power will do at General Millsâ€™ Methuen:
The panels provide a year-round average of 55 percent of the annual electricity consumed by the warehouse building.
The panels generate enough electricity (110.7 kilowatts) to power approximately 12 average Massachusetts homes every year
Solar power will offset more than 112,000 lbs of carbon dioxide annually â€“ this is the equivalent of taking 10 cars off the road.
The company continues to invest in renewable energy as part its commitment to protect and conserve the natural resource base its business depends upon. General Millsâ€™ San Adrian, Spain, facility now receives all of its electricity and one third of its overall energy from renewable energy sources such as wind power. The company is also constructing a biomass burner at its oat-milling facility in Fridley, Minn., that will burn leftover oat hulls from the milling process to produce about 90 percent of the steam needed to heat the plant and make oat flour.
â€œAs we continue to work on sustainability across our supply chain, we remain confident that the groundwork weâ€™ve laid will continue to show even more progress in the future,â€ said Russet.