The Hershey Company has announced two new clean energy partnerships to develop solar projects in the US, a move that will reduce Hershey’s carbon footprint by 115,650 metric tons each year.
The first project is located in Camden, North Carolina. Hershey has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that will enable the financing and construction of the company’s first utility-scale solar farm. The 20MW solar farm is being developed by global renewable energy developer BayWa r.e. and is expected to be completed in late July.
The second partnership is a signed solar PPA between Hershey and National Grid Renewables for 50MW of the Noble Solar Project, currently under construction in Denton County, Texas. Hershey’s solar contract will account for an estimated 118,000MWh per year.
Renewable energy investments and energy efficiency projects are a key focus area for Hershey to achieve its goal to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by more than 50% by 2030.
Said Jeff King, senior director of global sustainability and social impact: “Not only will these solar farms help Hershey to reduce its impact on the environment, they will also create jobs and help contribute to the growth of local economies and our commitment to reduce our GHG footprint.”
Said Nathan Franzen, VP, development for National Grid Renewables: “We currently estimate that 250 workers will construct Noble, 3-5 new permanent jobs will be created to support project operations, and millions of dollars will be produced locally through new tax revenue creation and increased spending – all while generating clean, solar energy for Texas residents.”