Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 20, 2019

Ardent Mills signs 25-year subscription for solar

Denver-based Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, has finalized a 25-year agreement with US Solar to purchase an expected 1.8 million kWh annually. This energy partnership is a subscription plan that will reduce energy costs at the company’s Hastings Mill, the first operating mill in Minnesota, and support US Solar's Goodhue County, Minn., solar gardens. Ardent Mills estimates that it will reduce its total carbon footprint by more than 29,000 metric tons each year.   
The first solar garden is currently under construction and should be online later this year. 
 
"These projects are in line with our commitment to sustainable energy and will further bolster the renewable energy market in Minnesota," said Jeff Zyskowski, VP Supply Chain at Ardent Mills and the Senior Leadership Team sponsor regarding sustainability, in a statement. "Supporting renewable energy in any capacity is a priority for Ardent Mills and critical piece of our strategic plan for growth."
 
While the solar gardens will not directly provide power to the Hastings Mill, the subscription agreement enabled the development of the gardens as a way to bring more solar energy onto the local electrical grid.
 
Last year, Ardent Mills also invested in sustainable energy solutions in Kansas at its Newton and Wichita community mills. The facilities enrolled in Westar's new Green Energy Program, under which program they anticipate receiving a substantial portion of their energy from the newly-constructed Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center. By choosing renewable energy, Ardent Mills estimates that it will reduce its total carbon footprint by over 29,000 metric tons each year.
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