Nestle's Opened Up its Own Wind Farm in Scotland

By Tom Pritchard on at

Renewable energy is a big thing these days, and rightly so. Not only is it a viable source of energy, it's good for the planet and the people living on it. So big companies have been doing a lot of investment into renewable power. Mainly because it makes them look good, but I'd still call it a win. The latest big multinational to join in on the sustainable energy bandwagon is Nestle, which has just launched its own nine-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway,Scotland.

Apparently the nine turbines have enough generation capacity to power half of Nestle's UK and Ireland operations, including factories, warehouses, and offices. That's roughly 125 gigawatt hours of electricity, which will be fed into the grid and used to power 30,000 homes. So yeah, it's not being fed directly into Nestle's own private power grid, but its still offsetting any dirty energy it might consume throughout the year.

Despite that, Nestle insists that all of its UK and Irish operations are already using 100 per cent renewable energy from the grid, but the new move is to try and make itself self-sufficient. I'm not sure how Nestle could possibly know where its energy comes from, unless it's signed up to one of those companies that will only pump renewable energy into your house. While the new wind farm only account for half of its energy usage, it also has plans to sort out the other half as soon as possible.

If it really is using renewable energy already, and still has plans to add more to the grid, then that can only be a good thing. Wind is pretty safe to. Yes some people get annoyed by them, a few birds get hit, and horses are scared (like they are of literally everything else) it's a pretty good way of producing power - especially in a windy nation like this. [Slashgear]