Brown-Forman invests in renewable energy

A new wind farm to reduce whisky industry’s greenhouse gas emissions

The US spirits company that own labels as Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, BenRiach and GlenDronach announced plans for the future regarding the use of renewable energy: working together with the new Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas Brown-Forman will purchase 30 megawatts annually. The wind farm will therefor deliver 90% of the energy the company needs for its US production.

The agreement applies for the next 15 years and will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “It takes energy to distill and produce our high quality spirits and wines. This new wind project will add new renewable energy capacity to the grid and demonstrates our commitment to a lower carbon economy. We believe that renewable energy is a prime solution for a sustainable energy future,” said Rob Frederick, vice president of Brown-Forman, in a press release.

The Solomon Forks Wind Project is situated near Colby in Kansas and spreads over 50.000 acres. Construction will start this year and is planned to be completed in 2019. In 2012 Brown-Forman set the goal to reduce its emissions by 15% until 2023. With this new energy supply they will be enabled to meet this target.