CABAZON, Calif., Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Nestlé Waters North America announced the installation and operation commencement of a third wind turbine at its water bottling facility in Cabazon, California. This week also marks the sixth anniversary of the groundbreaking of the facility's first two wind turbines in 2012.The three turbines combined have a rated capacity of approximately 22 million kilowatt hours a year, and are expected to supply nearly 50 percent of the plant's total electricity needs, while offsetting 18,048 tons of CO2 per year – equivalent to the annual emissions from 1,768 homes or 3,506 passenger vehicles.
Developed by industry leader Foundation Windpower, the third turbine takes the company one step closer toward its goal of being 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources.
"Our team in Cabazon is really helping us lead the way when it comes to creating a more sustainable future," said Alexander Gregorian, Vice President and Head of Technical and Production at Nestlé Waters North America. "Through their commitment, and with the critical support of partners like Foundation Windpower and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, we are moving closer and closer to our ultimate goal of being 100 percent renewable."
The Cabazon plant is located on the tribal reservation of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, a federally-recognized Indian tribe. Nestlé Waters received tremendous support from the Tribe on this important project.
"Morongo has a long and successful history of environmental stewardship, and we applaud Nestlé for sharing that same commitment to sustainability by adding a third wind turbine to its facility here on our reservation," said Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin.
"We want to build on the tremendous progress we've made with the first two turbines while continuing to find new ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint," said Cabazon Factory Manager Gary Rice. "As a factory, we are proud of our commitment to sustainability, and this installation moves us significantly closer to achieving our renewable energy ambitions."
Last spring, Nestlé Waters' Cabazon factory received the country's first Gold Certification through the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), by demonstrating, in addition to water efficiency, that their local operations are making a positive contribution to the local groundwater system, establishing best practices for maintaining the site's water quality, and implementing a water education program in the community.
In addition to these milestones in Cabazon, earlier this year, Nestlé Waters announced a partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for its factory in Sacramento, California to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. 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. With these latest achievements, over 20 percent of the electricity Nestlé uses in the U.S. will come from renewable sources by 2019.
About Nestlé Waters North America in California
Nestlé Waters North America employs more than 1,200 Californians, providing rewarding careers and high-quality jobs. The company also spends more than $325 million annually with California-based vendors and businesses. In 2016, Nestlé Waters donated more than 1.6 million bottles of water to California organizations and communities in need. The company supports, through contributions and employee volunteer hours, local organizations such as Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Cucamonga Valley Water District, and the Southern California Mountains Foundation. In addition to Cabazon, Nestlé Waters has plants in Livermore, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Ontario.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America offers an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration, including Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Perrier®, and S. Pellegrino®. The company also owns and operates ReadyRefreshSM by Nestlé®, a customizable water and beverage delivery service. Just Click and QuenchSM.
Based in Stamford, Connecticut with some 8,500 associates, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint across our operations. As a natural resource company, we sustainably manage 47 spring sources and conserve nearly 21,000 acres of natural watershed area. We are also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where we operate in the U.S. For more information, visit us at www.nestle-watersna.com/en and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @NestleWatersNA.
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