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Turkey Hill Dairy Sustainable Production Power Sets Benchmark

First year of renewable wind energy use with the start of megawatt wind power project in Lancaster County, PA. receives award recognition

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (May 21, 2012) Turkey Hill Dairy, the nation's fifth largest-selling premium ice cream and top-selling refrigerated iced tea producer, marks the one year anniversary of receiving about a quarter of its annual electricity needs from twin wind turbines at neighboring Frey Farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The wind power project is owned and operated through a partnership between PPL and Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA).Turkey Hill purchases all power produced by the two wind turbines that generated an average of 25 percent of the Dairy's electricity needs last year. That equals enough power to produce 6 million gallons of ice cream each year.

"We are pleased with the results this new renewable power source has offered in its first year of operation, and we are hoping for an even higher output in 2012," said Quintin Frey, President of Turkey Hill Dairy. "We are committed to our mission of a sustainable future for the Dairy in Lancaster County, and to set an example within the dairy industry."

The Frey Farm Wind Turbine project consists of two General Electric wind turbines that stand 262 feet high. Each of the turbine's three blades is 135 feet in length.

Since their installation, Turkey Hill has worked closely with PPL and LCSWMA to keep Lancaster's newest sustainable power source in operation, given the fact that wind turbine power was a new venture for all parties.

The turbines were installed on October 28, 2010 on Turkey Hill Point, owned by LCSWMA, and officially began producing power on January 17, 2011. All of the power generated by the wind turbines is purchased exclusively by Turkey Hill Dairy. More than 30 million kilowatts of electricity was purchased to help power the Dairy in 2011 alone.

According to PPL, generating the same amount of electricity using fossil fuels would add about 5,900 tons per year of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is equivalent to any one of the annual environmental benefits listed below:

  • Removing 1,000 cars from the road
  • Reducing gasoline consumption by 600,000 gallons
  • 12,000 fewer barrels of oil imported into the United States

Last year, PennFuture recognized Turkey Hill Dairy and its partners in the wind project for their work in promoting clean energy in Pennsylvania by receiving the Green Power: Make It! Award.

Turkey Hill Dairy utilizes a variety of sustainable and renewable energy sources to power production. In addition to wind power, Turkey Hill Dairy also partners with PPL and LCSWMA to harness steam power, a byproduct of the power generation process from a 3.2-megawatt landfill-gas-to-energy plant. For more information, please visit pplrenewableenergy.com/freyfarm. And to learn more about Turkey Hill's commitment to sustainable and renewable production practices, please visit turkeyhill.com/green.

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