Wind to power Kohler facilities in U.S., Canada
Kohler Co. plans to purchase 100 megawatts of wind power per year over the next 15 years to power all of its facilities in the United States and Canada.
The power will come from the Diamond Vista wind farm located near Salina, Kan. Enel Green Power North America will construct the project this year and will be the long-term owner and operator of the nearly 300 MW wind project, according to a release.
“This project is one component of a comprehensive strategy Kohler has created to achieve its overall goal of being ‘net zero’ in greenhouse gas emissions by 2035,” said Rob Zimmerman, director of sustainability at Kohler. “In addition to this investment, we will continue to drive energy efficiency in our manufacturing processes, buildings and truck fleet; install onsite renewable energy projects; test and implement new manufacturing technologies; and develop new products and materials that require less energy to make.”
The project, currently under construction, is expected to begin operations by the end of 2018. In selecting this project, Kohler evaluated the power generation needed to compensate for its annual kilowatt-hour consumption and the financial and environmental benefits of making this type of renewable energy investment.
Kohler’s share of the expected generated power from Diamond Vista will be enough to power nearly 40,000 homes. When the project comes online, Kohler’s share will be sold to the wholesale electric market, with the company receiving renewable energy credits (RECs) equaling the company’s total annual electricity needs for its 85 manufacturing facilities, offices and warehouses in the U.S. and Canada. Globally, the project will reduce Kohler’s greenhouse gas emissions footprint by 26 percent.
The Diamond Vista project comes after numerous operational investments Kohler has already made to improve the efficiency of its manufacturing processes to use less energy. In 2017, Kohler received numerous awards for its environmental sustainability efforts and released its first public Sustainability and Stewardship Report.
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