LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (March 8, 2019) — For the first time in its 88-year history, Turkey Hill Dairy is powered by 100 percent clean and sustainable energy sources.
The announcement was made at an event at the Safe Harbor hydroelectric dam, located just 4 miles from the Dairy. The event officially kicked off a relationship between Turkey Hill, Brookfield Renewable and Calpine Energy Solutions to supply the Dairy with about three megawatts per month of clean, renewable energy generated by Lancaster County's Safe Harbor and Holtwood dams.
The renewable energy announcement means that Turkey Hill Dairy uses energy sources that have little to no impact on the environment. It also means the completion of a renewable energy goal that has been more than a decade in the making.
"Turkey Hill relies heavily on ingredients created by farms — whether it's milk from a farm 5 miles away or cocoa from a farm halfway around the world. With that in mind, it's up to us to set an example for others to follow, doing what we can to create a clean and healthy environment," said Turkey Hill Dairy president John Cox. "This is also something that the people who work at the Dairy are genuinely passionate about. They want to work for a company that's environmentally responsible, and we want to create a company our employees can be proud of."
The topic of environmental stewardship is something that Cox is personally invested in as the chair of Lancaster Clean Water Partners, an organization that coordinates water quality restoration work alongside many other partners in Lancaster County.
The Dairy will receive approximately 60 percent of its annual electricity needs from the Brookfield Renewable hydroelectric dams. That input — combined with the 20 percent of its energy received from the Frey Farm wind turbines installed in 2011 and an additional purchase of renewable energy credits — brings the Dairy to 100 percent renewable energy.
"Turkey Hill has a well-earned reputation in the region as a socially conscious company that gives back to the community," said Brookfield Renewable's Regional Vice President Gene Alessandrini. "Through the course of consistently running into each other at community events throughout the region, and beginning dialogue, we came to realize that the two of us carry mutually aligned values. We're extremely proud to be doing business together and look forward to a continued relationship."
The Dairy's environmental commitment is one that spans many decades and encompasses nearly every aspect of its ice cream and drinks production and delivery process.
In 2005, Turkey Hill partnered with Energy Power Partners and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority to install a landfill gas-to-energy plant, taking the Dairy's waste gases and converting them to electricity and steam, saving more than 150,000 gallons of diesel fuel annually.
A redesign of the company's drink delivery crates reduced the amount of plastic used annually by more than 40,000 pounds. By reengineering its ice cream cartons and using paper-rimmed lids instead of the industry-standard plastic lids, Turkey Hill keeps 210,000 pounds of plastic and 200,000 pounds of paperboard out of landfills each year.
For more information about Turkey Hill Dairy's 100 percent renewable goal and its environmentally friendly practices, visit TurkeyHill.com/Green.
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