March 20 (Renewables Now) - US firm United Wind Inc said on Tuesday it will install on-site wind farms for Smithfield Foods Inc that will help the US meat processing giant power some of its hog farms in Colorado.
The companies have signed an agreement that calls for United Wind to add 3 MW of wind generation capacity through its WindLease programme. The specific scheme facilitates the installation of wind turbines of up to 100 kW for residential and commercial property owners and covers the permitting, construction, monitoring and maintenance of the distributed wind projects. Property owners pay fixed monthly rates for the 20-year lease term and are not required to pay any upfront or ongoing project-related costs.
By sourcing wind power for its agricultural activities, Smithfield Foods will contribute to its goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025. The food company’s vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer Stewart Leeth said that the partnership with United Wind is in line with the group’s efforts to produce food while minimising the use of natural resources.