Meijer is moving closer to its carbon reduction goal.
Six months after announcing its goal to reduce 50% of its absolute carbon emissions by 2025 and four months after entering into a solar energy project, the Midwestern retailer said it has invested in a wind energy center. The action contributes to Meijer’s renewable energy portfolio and marks significant strides in meeting the company’s carbon reduction goal.
Meijer signed a renewable product purchase agreement (RPPA) with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, of which Meijer will purchase the majority of energy generated by the project. NextEra is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage.
The project, named Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center, is under construction on 60,000 acres in Glasscock and Sterling counties, Texas, and is expected to be completed in late 2022. The project will use 108 wind turbines to generate renewable energy.
This investment complements Meijer’s recently announced utility-scale, solar project with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, which both contribute to its renewable energy portfolio. Both projects will begin producing energy by the end of the year, putting the retailer on the right path to achieving its carbon reduction goal by 2025.
The retailer's efforts will deliver approximately 800,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity annually through the Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center.
"While the Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center is one of multiple sustainability initiatives Meijer has underway, we're pleased it has contributed to the accelerated progress in meeting our sustainability goal by 2025," said Meijer president and CEO Rick Keyes. "The impact these environmental sustainability initiatives will make in the coming years go beyond improving daily operations at our Meijer stores; they align with our values and our continued focus on being a good steward of the environment."
In March 2022, Meijer announced its renewable energy power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, whereby the retailer will purchase a portion of the energy generated by the project for the first 15 years of operation. The project broke ground in Navarro County, Texas, on 1,800 acres of land and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
In addition to recent partnerships, Meijer continues to build on its longstanding commitment to the environment by integrating sustainability into daily operations, addressing carbon and waste reduction, recycling, offering local and sustainable products and continuing responsible growth.
"We believe we have a responsibility to improve the world around us because it's the right thing to do," said Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability at Meijer. "Our investment in the Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center is essential to ensuring a positive impact on the environment within the communities we serve across the Midwest and beyond."
Schneider Electric, the leading global advisor on corporate renewable energy procurement, supported Meijer in the selection of and negotiations for the solar project.
Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Meijer operates 262 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.