Johnson Controls has announced it is shifting one of its largest production facilities to 100 percent wind power.
The company will use a new wind farm, currently under construction, to completely power its Wichita, Kan., plant, which manufacturers residential heating and air conditioning equipment for the York, Luxaire, Coleman, and Champion brands of Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies and Solutions division.
Once completed, the Wichita facility will produce zero emissions from electricity, reducing Johnson Controls’ North American greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent. These savings will contribute to the company’s 2025 Sustainability Strategy, which includes the goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction from 2017 levels in its global greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2025.
“This renewable energy agreement is a win-win for the business,” says Elizabeth Haggerty, vice president and general manager of Ducted Systems for Johnson Controls. “This plant will operate on 100 percent clean energy, dramatically reducing emissions and saving costs. This is a great example of Johnson Controls’ commitment to sustainability, which drives our enterprise excellence.”
A conservative estimate puts the projected energy savings from the wind-power agreement at about $2.7 million over the life of the 20-year contract.
The wind farm is expected to start delivering energy to the plant by the end of 2019.