Adding to that, Lawreunce Kurzius, president, chairman and CEO, McCormick says, “McCormick is proud to be among the early supporters of the Big Star solar project, which highlights our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment by transitioning to clean, renewable energy sources. The Big Star project in Texas and the Skipjack initiative, which will power all of our existing Maryland and New Jersey facilities with 100% renewable energy by 2022, are already having a positive impact on our ability to reduce overall emissions and combat climate change.”
The Skipjack Solar Center, which is under construction in Virginia and expected to come on line by 2022, will provide renewable energy to power all of McCormick’s Maryland and New Jersey facilities, and according to Kurzius, McCormick will source energy from Skipjack through Constellation’s CORe (Constellation Offsite Renewables) retail power product. CORe increases Constellation customers’ access to new-build renewable energy projects by removing the significant hurdles associated with traditional offsite power purchase agreements (PPAs).
Reflecting on the deal between Constellation and RWE Renewables, Constellation CEO Jim McHugh, says, “This deal demonstrates the collective positive impact made possible by customers who share an authentic commitment to addressing climate change and reducing their respective carbon footprints. We take pride in providing a clean energy solution that helps leading companies such as these take proactive steps to meeting their environmental goals through renewable supply.”
“As one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, we are committed to contributing to the energy transition and helping power the U.S. economy,” says Silvia Ortín, CEO, Onshore Wind and PV, RWE Renewables. “Our Big Star solar facility is well-placed to provide Constellation and its major commercial customers with a supply of green energy for their operations.”
Smithfield completes systems in Missouri
Smithfield Foods and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) are soon marking the 10 year anniversary of their joint venture, called Monarch Bioenergy, to implement renewable natural gas (RNG) technology on most of Smithfield’s company owned farms in Northern Missouri. They plan to have most implementations up and running before their ten-year anniversary.
The technology captures methane emissions and converts them into carbon-negative RNG to power homes, vehicles and businesses.