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Clean Energy and SC Johnson

With the addition of two new wind turbines, SC Johnson’s Waxdale manufacturing facility produces an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite. Waxdale is SC Johnson’s largest global manufacturing facility and is located in Mt. Pleasant, Wis., which is now the site of he largest company-owned wind turbine manufacturing project in the Midwest. With the addition of wind energy, Waxdale further minimizes its dependence on fossil fuels.

About SC Jonson and Clean Energy

SC Johnson’s commitment to clean energy dates back to 2003, when the company installed its first cogeneration turbine at Waxdale. Using waste methane gas from a nearby public landfill, the turbine produced 3,200 kilowatts (kWh) of electricity and 19,000 pounds of steam per hour. Since then, SC Johnson has continued to invest in innovative technologies to reduce its footprint. Here’s a tour of SC Johnson’s clean energy use around the globe:


Medan, Indonesia
Using waste palm shells as a fuel source to heat water for mosquito coil production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Medan, Indonesia, SC Johnson is transferring a waste product back into the value chain with minimal impact. Impact: Reduces local diesel fuel use by 80 percent and reduces GHG emissions by 6,000 metric tons per year.

Surabaya, Indonesia
New in 2012, a biofuel initiative at SC Johnson’s manufacturing facility in Surabaya, Indonesia. Consuming rice husks uses waste husks from rice grains as a fuel source. Consuming rice husks rather than diesel fuel, the Surabaya boiler is expected to generate abut 6 million kcal per hour to heat water used in mosquito coil production. Impact: Cuts 7,090 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.


Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin
SC Johnson now employs two cogeneration systems at Waxdale, its largest global manufacturing facility. Using waste methane gas from a nearby public landfill and clean-burning natural gas, the turbines generate 85 percent of the facility’s electrical energy. Impact: Eliminates more than 47,250 metric tons of GHG emissions each year.


Shanghai, China
At SC Johnson’s facility in Shanghai, several solar projects help provide hot water heating. One provides hot water for food service and other office needs. Solar-heated waste water from the facility’s steam piping network aids aerosol production. And, the Quality Control lab uses solar-heated water as well. Impact: Reduces GHG emissions by about 70 metric tons per year.


Bay City, Michigan
Since 2008, SC Johnson has been purchasing wind power from a dedicated nearby wind farm to help power its Bay City, Michigan, manufacturing facility, which produces Ziploc® Brand bags. Last year, the wind farm supplied 67 percent of the energy required to run the Bay City facility. Impact: Keeps 42,000 metric tons of GHGs out of the atmosphere annually.

Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
In 2009, SC Johnson SC Johnson started up its first company-owned wind turbine in Mijdrecht, The Netherlands, to power its European manufacturing facility, known as Europlant. The turbine generates 50 percent of the energy for Europlant. Impact: Keeps 2,100 metric tons of GHGs out of the atmosphere annually.

Racine, Wis.
In 2010, SC Johnson began testing three SWIFT mini wind turbines at its global headquarters campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The goal has been to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in addition, to raise awareness that renewable energy can be used in urban settings. Impact: Cut GHG emissions by .26 metric tons or 580 pounds in its first year of operation.

Lowell, Ark.
In 2012, SC Johnson added three SWIFT mini win turbines to the roof of its Lowell, Arkansas, sales office. Depending on wind conditions, the turbines should be capable of generating as much as 3,600 kWh of electricity annually. Impact: Keeps 2.5 metric tons of GHGs out of the atmosphere annually.

Toluca, Mexico
In 2013, SC Johnson started purchasing wind power at its Toluca, Mexico, facility. This will enable the facility to obtain 86 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Impact: Cuts 3,000 metric tons of GHGs out of the atmosphere annually.

Mt. Pleasant, Wis.
With the completion of SC Johnson’s new wind turbines at Waxdale, the manufacturing facility is generating, on average, 100 percent of electrical energy onsite. The wind turbines have produced nearly 8 million kWh of electricity in the past year – the equivalent of powering more than 700 homes annually – while the remaining electrical energy comes from Waxdale’s two cogeneration turbines. Impact: Reduces annual GHG emissions associated with powering Waxdale by 6,000 metric tons annually.

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