Zero carbon energy, peak demand management, and optimized use of energy are just a few of the advantages of Bimbo Bakeries USA’s latest partnership. The company has announced an Energy Services Agreement with GreenStruxure, under which GreenStruxure will design, build, own, operate, and maintain on-site renewable energy microgrids.
“Grupo Bimbo and Bimbo Bakeries USA are committed to Net Zero Carbon by 2050,” commented Chris Wolfe, the Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability for Bimbo Bakeries USA, in the company’s release. “These onsite microgrids represent a key component to our diversified strategy.”
The on-site renewable energy microgrids will consist of solar arrays coupled with battery storage. GreenStruxure will also give Bimbo full transparency on the portfolio’s performance through its best-in-class digital platform.
The six California bakeries—located in Montebello, Placentia, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, South San Francisco, and Sacramento—were chosen based on their energy intensity, increasing utility electricity costs, and highest decarbonization impact, according to a press release. The companies are also working on additional sites for future deployment.
“In California, the combination of rising utility rates, and an incentive rich atmosphere for renewable energy, allows these projects to be not only profitable, but also improve the communities where we live and work,” said Kevin Yavari, Bimbo Bakeries USA’s Senior Regional Manager of Environmental Sustainability for the Western United States.
GreenStruxure Chief Executive Officer Jose Lorenzo weighed in on the announcement.
“Bimbo Bakeries USA’s actions have made it very clear that they are going to lead the market when it comes to sustainability,” said Lorenzo. “On-site energy systems are Bimbo Bakeries USA’s best option to decarbonize and fulfill their long-term sustainability targets with optimized cost. We launched GreenStruxure to work with companies like Bimbo Bakeries USA to bring our no hassle, modular, standardized approach to these facilities and more in the U.S.”
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