CEMEX USA commissioned a 1 megawatt wind turbine at its quarry located in Madison, Calif. The turbine is one of three renewable energy projects CEMEX will soon bring online in California. CEMEX is planning to bring two additional wind power projects online later this year at its facility in Victorville, Calif., which will total 6.2 megawatts of generating capacity.
The power generated from the Madison, Calif., wind turbine is equivalent to powering over 200 average-sized American households annually. The turbine, which has zero emissions, will prevent more than 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions each year. Nearly 30 percent of the quarry’s energy consumption will be produced by the turbine.
“We are committed to operating our facilities in the most sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” said Karl Watson, Jr., president, CEMEX USA. “These renewable energy projects align with this commitment as we continually seek ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations.”
CEMEX partnered with Foundation Windpower, a California-based distributed wind development company, for the development, construction, financing, and operation of the wind turbine.
CEMEX's U.S. network includes 13 cement plants, 46 active cement distribution terminals, more than 100 aggregate quarries and more than 420 ready-mix concrete plants.
Foundation Windpower develops, finances, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale distributed wind projects on-site at large energy consumers to reduce energy costs while delivering 100 percent renewable electricity through long-term power purchase agreements.