Nestlé Waters signs PPA for Sacramento plant - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  May 2, 2018

Nestlé Waters signs PPA for Sacramento plant

Nestlé Waters North America signed a PPA with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to allow its Sacramento facility to be powered by 100% renewable energy. Nestlé Waters is the only food and beverage company in Sacramento to purchase 100% of its power from SMUD’s clean energy programs, Greenergy® and Large Commercial SolarShares.

"As the State of California continues to act as leader on climate action and sustainability, we are dedicated to playing our part to increase the use of clean, renewable energy," says Nelson Switzer, chief sustainability officer at Nestlé Waters North America, in a statement. "From Allentown, Pennsylvania to Sacramento, California, I’m proud to say that, with the help of great partners such as SMUD, we are rapidly making our way towards achieving our 100% renewable energy goal here in the U.S."

SMUD’s SolarShares Program Redesign for Commercial Customers won the Smart Energy Decisions 2018 Innovation Award for Utility Partnership: Enabling Customer Offsite Renewable Energy.

The statement explained that by transitioning its electrical power needs to renewable sources, the carbon footprint of the Nestlé Waters factory will be reduced by more than 21,279 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next three years. In total, the agreements with SMUD will allow Nestlé Waters to reduce the GHG emissions attributable to its operations in Sacramento by approximately 7,093 metric tons each year,

This  PPA follows the recent 15-year PPA signed by Nestlé Waters’ parent company that will provide approximately 80% of the electrical load for five Nestlé facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania, including the two Nestlé Waters plants in Allentown. With the addition of the solar energy from SMUD in California, more than 20% of the electricity Nestlé uses in the U.S. will be from renewable sources in 2019.

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