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Meijer Invests In Wind Energy To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer has announced its involvement in a wind energy center that contributes to its renewable energy portfolio and takes strides toward meeting its carbon reduction goal.

The retailer signed a renewable product purchase agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, of which Meijer will purchase the majority of energy generated by the project. NextEra Energy Resources is a generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a 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 the retailer’s 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.

“As a company, we believe it’s more important now than ever to do our part to better the environment, which is where our ambitious sustainability goal originated. 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 Rick Keyes, president and CEO.

“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.”

The retailer’s efforts will deliver approximately 800,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity annually through the Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center.

“We are pleased to work with Meijer in alignment with their ambitious sustainability goals,” said Matt Handel, SVP of development for NextEra Energy Resources. “This project also creates economic stimulus in Glasscock and Sterling counties in Texas, providing good jobs and additional tax revenue.”

In March 2022, Meijer announced its renewable energy power purchase agreement with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, which states Meijer 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.

“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.”

For additional information, visit meijer.com

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