Blades have started spinning on two new wind turbines at SC Johnson’s Waxdale manufacturing facility, a site that produces Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade and Windex products. The wind turbines will produce about eight million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, enough to power 700 homes in a year. Combined with two cogeneration turbines that have been in place since the mid-2000s, the facility is now able to produce an average of 100% of its electrical energy onsite.
“SC Johnson has been making green choices for our products and operations for decades. Our work toward reducing the company’s dependence on fossil fuels at Waxdale is an important step,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Waxdale’s new wind turbines enable us to manufacture our products while having an even smaller impact on the environment—and that’s something the people of SC Johnson are very proud of. The turbines are yet another symbol of our commitment to future generations.”
The addition of wind power means that the facility is now able to produce an average of 100% of its electrical energy onsite, reducing carbon emissions associated with powering Waxdale by 6,000 metric tons annually.
SC Johnson held a ceremony to mark the beginning of the wind turbines’ operations, which is the largest onsite, company-owned wind turbine manufacturing project in the Midwest. Each turbine features a permanent magnet as well as a gearless generator that means less maintenance and higher energy yields than the more traditional gearbox-type system, according to SC Johnson.