Nestle installed its first wind energy project at its Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) bottling plant in Cabazon, Calif.
The two wind turbines will provide power for 30 percent of the facility where the company produces its Arrowhead and Nestle Pure Life brand bottled waters.
NWNA chose this location for its turbines, along the I-10 corridor in southern California, because of the high wind potential. The two 1.6 MW GE wind turbines in Cabazon will produce an average of 12.9 million kWh annually.
NWNA partnered with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Foundation Windpower to site, host and commission the wind turbines. Foundation Windpower installs, operates and owns the wind turbines, and its associated environmental attributes, and NWNA purchases the power produced directly and receives renewable energy credits from Foundation Windpower, reducing the company’s power needs from the Southern California power grid.
The installation of the wind turbines in Cabazon is part of NWNA’s long-term renewable energy plan. In 2004, the Cabazon plant earned a LEED Silver Rating from the US Green Building Council. In addition, NWNA produces 98 percent of its single-serve PET plastic bottles on-site at company bottling facilities, saving 6.6 million gallons of fuel per year through reduced transportation requirements.