New solar project in the Catskill Mountains to power oral health care manufacturer
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare and Ameresco announced the completion of a comprehensive solar panel project to serve GSK Consumer Healthcare’s Oak Hill, New York site.
Located in the scenic Catskill Mountains, the solar project near the Oak Hill site, which produces some of GSK Consumer Healthcare’s iconic oral health brands including Sensodyne, Pronamel, and parodontax for the US and Canadian markets, comprises over 17,000 modules with an estimated electricity generation capacity of 6.9 MWDC† This installation is designed to generate electricity equivalent to more than 70% of the Oak Hill site’s annual usage and reduce its carbon footprint by 60%.
“The completion of this project marks a pivotal moment for us at GSK Consumer Healthcare, as a continued step in the right direction for enacting real change that reduces our environmental impact and helps us deliver on our larger sustainability initiatives,” said Mike Allen, Sustainability Lead Consumer Health Supply Chain, GSK Consumer Healthcare. “The Oak Hill site is the 12th solar investment project for GSK and our Consumer Healthcare business, and we plan to implement additional major solar and wind energy investments in the UK and US to set us on track for 100% renewable electricity by 2025. We are thrilled to share news of this exciting milestone that we’ve reached working together with our partners and are committed and excited to continue building a more sustainable future.”
As the designated off-taker of the clean energy generated at the solar site, the completed project demonstrates GSK Consumer Healthcare’s larger ongoing commitment to its sustainability goals of reducing its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 100% by 2030.
“In order to form a more sustainable world, we need to work collaboratively with major corporations to implement energy-efficient solutions. I’m so thankful that we were able to work with an organization like GSK Consumer Healthcare that has set forth aggressive goals for its future and truly understands the need to implement renewable technologies at a grand scale,” said Pete Christakis, senior VP of Ameresco .
Project construction was completed in April 2022.
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