Today, Nestlé announced it is investing in Ganado, a 1,500 acre solar project owned and developed by Enel North America in Jackson County, Texas. With Nestlé’s investment, the solar project will add 208 MWdc of solar electricity to the U.S. grid, helping advance Nestlé’s efforts to create a more sustainable future and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its operations.
In addition to its direct investment, Nestlé will purchase 100% of the renewable electricity attributes generated by the project’s energy production, estimated to be an average of 333,000 megawatt hours per year for 15 years. This renewable electricity will help Nestlé reduce carbon emissions in many of its U.S. facilities, where household favorite brands such as DiGiorno® pizza, Stouffer’s®, Nesquik®, Purina® Pro Plan® pet food and Tidy Cats® cat litter are made. The annual carbon emission reduction is expected to be about 126,294 metric tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the emissions of more than 27,200 cars per year.
“Carbon reduction efforts in our operations are an important part of Nestlé’s journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and we are continuing to accelerate our work to make sure we produce and transport our products in a sustainable way,” said Kate Short, Chief Procurement Officer, Nestlé North America. “Not only will our investment in Ganado help reduce carbon emissions across our U.S. manufacturing sites, but we’re also proud that it will help expand the availability of renewable energy, adding enough solar electricity to the U.S. grid to power about 24,574 homes each year.”
As part of its detailed, timebound Net Zero Roadmap, Nestlé is committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity across its sites globally by 2025. The investment in Ganado builds on the company’s 2020 investment in solar project Taygete I, and will continue to drive Nestlé forward in its work to reduce emissions and use more renewable energy to manufacture its products.