Enel North America has partnered with Nestlé to be the sole tax equity investor for its 208 MWdc Ganado solar-plus-storage project in Jackson County, Texas. Nestlé will also purchase the renewable energy attributes from the entire output of the solar plant, helping advance the company’s efforts to create a more sustainable future and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its operations.
“Customers of all sizes are seeking clean energy projects to help reduce their emissions and use more renewable energy, whether through PPAs, direct retail electricity purchases, upfront tax equity investments or other tailored agreements,” said Paolo Romanacci, head of Enel North America’s renewable energy business, Enel Green Power. “Enel’s flexible portfolio of solutions scale to meet the needs of each customer, leveraging the business demand for clean electricity to build momentum toward a zero-carbon economy.”
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 MWh per year for 15 years. This renewable electricity will help Nestlé reduce carbon emissions in many of its U.S. facilities, where household favorite food and beverage brands are made, such as DiGiorno pizza, Stouffer’s, Nesquik and others. As part of its detailed, timebound Net Zero Roadmap, Nestlé is committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity across its sites globally by 2025.
“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.”
Enel’s Ganado solar-plus-storage project is expected to become operational in Q2 2023.
Marathon Capital advised Nestlé on its investment. CCA Capital LLC acted as advisor to Enel.
— Solar Builder magazine