One year after installing two wind turbines at its largest manufacturing facility, SC Johnson is celebrating significant progress toward its global renewable energy goals. The turbines at the Waxdale facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wis., have enabled the company to eliminate nearly 6,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the past year. The household products manufacturer is on track to reach its five-year target of sourcing 33 percent of its energy from renewable sources, significantly reducing its fossil fuel use.
Waxdale is currently the largest company-owned wind turbine manufacturing project in the Midwest and serves as the production facility for trusted products such as Glade®, Pledge®, Windex®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Shout, Raid® and OFF®. The two 415-foot turbines produce 8,000 KWh of electricity annually – enough to power 700 homes for a year. Coupled with the cogeneration system already in place, the turbines enable the 2.2-million-square-foot facility to produce 100 percent, on average, of its energy onsite.
In addition, the wind turbines generate minimal noise due to an advanced technology that features a gearless, permanent magnet design. This design also results in decreased wear, lower maintenance costs and an increased energy yield. The wind turbines are part of a larger sustainability effort at Waxdale. Increased lighting efficiency has saved about 1.3 million kilowatt hours per year, and the facility recycles or reuses 75 percent of its solid waste.
SC Johnson is committed to increasing its use of renewable energy on a global scale. The company launched 10 renewable energy projects around the world in the past decade, which has reduced total greenhouse gas emissions by more than 110,500 metric tons per year – equivalent to the emissions from 23,021 passenger vehicles.
The company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands features a wind turbine that generates 50 percent of the electricity for the entire facility and cuts 2,100 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s latest biofuel initiative in Surabaya, Indonesia uses waste husks from rice grains as a fuel source for heating water used in mosquito coil production, which cuts 7,090 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. SC Johnson’s other renewable energy initiatives focus on solar, biofuel and wind power and take place in the following locations:
- Toluca, Mexico
- Medan, Indonesia
- Shanghai, China
- Lowell, Ark.
- Racine, Wis.
- Bay City, Mich.
Learn more about SC Johnson’s commitment to renewable energy at SCJohnson.com.