Horsham, Pennsylvania-based Bimbo Bakeries USA has received a 2022 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for clean energy initiatives and impact on the green power market.
For more than 20 years, EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards have recognized America’s green power users for their commitment to using renewable electricity and advancing the nation’s green power market. EPA presented Bimbo Bakeries USA with a Green Power Partner of the Year award Sept. 15 at the 2022 Renewable Energy Markets Conference.
Bimbo Bakeries USA is using more than 490 million kWh of green power annually – 101 percent of the organization’s overall electricity use. By choosing green power, it is taking action against climate change and realizing a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.
“We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our efforts to help realize a clean energy future,” said Christopher Wolfe, Bimbo Bakeries USA’s senior director of environmental sustainability. “As a leader in the food and beverage industry, it is essential for us to set the example for other organizations and prove that using green power is possible.”
In addition, Bimbo Bakeries USA ranks as No. 35 on the EPA’s Top 100 Partners list, earned Energy Star certification for energy efficiency at 20 North American facilities this year, and has been recognized as an EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year with Sustained Excellence for five consecutive years. EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings quarterly.
According to the EPA, Bimbo Bakeries USA’s current green power use of more than 490 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of 46,000 average American homes annually.
Bimbo Bakeries USA gains the majority of its renewable power through a virtual power purchase agreement with Invenergy, North America’s leading, privately held developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy solutions. The agreement provides for 100 megawatts of wind energy generated at the Santa Rita East Wind Energy Center in Texas.
Additionally, Bimbo Bakeries USA’s investment in the Santa Rita East windfarm provides social and economic benefits to the local community including construction and operational jobs, as well as approximately $5 million annually to the local economy.
Furthermore, Bimbo Bakeries USA has also signed an agreement with GreenStruxure, a division of Schneider Electric, to implement onsite microgrids, comprised of solar arrays coupled with battery storage, at six of its California bakeries. The expected outcomes from these system’s performance include zero carbon energy, peak demand management, and optimized use of energy from the grid.