SC Johnson celebrated the anniversary of one of its recent renewable energy investments, two wind turbines at the company’s largest manufacturing facility, Waxdale, in Mt. Pleasant, Wis. These turbines have successfully cut nearly 6,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in their first year. Combined with the site’s cogeneration systems already in place, the Waxdale facility, which is the size of 36 football fields, is now able to generate, on average, 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite.
The wind power from these turbines significantly contribute to SC Johnson's renewable energy goals. The company recently reported that it is on track to reach its five-year goal of sourcing 33 percent of its global energy from renewable sources.
"As a family company, SC Johnson has long been committed to reducing its environmental footprint, and investing in renewable energy is a critical part of our business strategy," said Kelly M. Semrau, Chief Sustainability Officer at SC Johnson. "The results achieved with the wind turbines at our Waxdale facility are just one example that demonstrate our desire to lessen our footprint and positively impact communities around the world."
Over the past decade, the company has undertaken 10 renewable energy initiatives around the globe, including wind power, solar, and cogeneration. In December 2012, SC Johnson commissioned two 415-foot wind turbines at Waxdale, in Mt. Pleasant, Wis., and one year later, the results are impressive. The wind turbines have cut 6,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and have produced nearly 8 million kilowatts (KWh) of electricity since December 2012 -- enough energy to power 700 homes over the course of a year, according to the company.