Maker of the nation’s fourth largest-selling premium ice cream says it will receive a quarter of its annual electricity needs from a new wind-turbine-power project at neighboring Frey Farm on Turkey Hill along the banks of the Susquehanna River. All power generated by the twin General Electric wind turbines will be purchased by Turkey Hill Dairy. The turbines were installed on October, 2010. After finalizing the installation, the wind turbines officially began producing power in January, 2011.
In partnership with PPL Renewable Energy and Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, the Frey Farm Wind Turbine project includes two wind turbines that will generate about 25% of Turkey Hill Dairy’s annual electricity needs. That is enough power to produce six million gallons of ice cream and 15 million gallons of iced tea each year.
February 2011 marked the first full month the wind turbines were online and producing power. They generated over 769,677 kWh, providing 32% of the dairy’s electricity needs for the month.
The Dairy’s sustainability program includes waste recycling and reduction, decreases in fuel use through reduced transportation loads and distances, cuts in packaging material, and the use of steam power, which provides at least 75% of the dairy’s hot water needs.
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