Texas Wind Farm Is Helping Ingersoll Rand Reduce Environmental Impact

Jun 6, 2019 7:00 AM ET

On June 1, 2019, the renewable energy generated by Seymour Hills Wind Farm in northwestern Texas started helping Ingersoll Rand reduce U.S. Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity by about 30 percent through a virtual power purchase agreement.

This is equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road.

“Ingersoll Rand’s agreement with the Seymour Hills Wind Farm is a smart way for us to reduce our impact on the environment while being responsible to our business,” said Keith Sultana, senior vice president – Global Operations and Integrated Supply Chain for Ingersoll Rand. “This agreement is one of the steps to our 2030 Sustainability Commitment goal of carbon-neutral operations and supply chain. It’s an exciting time at Ingersoll Rand.”

Ribbon cutting before the turbines start turning

It was a cool and foggy spring morning when David Ocamb, director of global environmental programs for Ingersoll Rand, stepped onto the Seymour Hills Wind Farm for a ribbon-cutting ceremony just before the turbines started turning. It’s in a remote part of northwestern Texas, surrounded by farmland and home to 12 wind turbines dotting the shrubby green landscape nearly as far as the eye can see.

“The view of the beautiful, rolling Texas countryside – studded with this amazing technology – made me think about what it must have felt like 200 years ago when America was in the midst of its first major economic transformation to grow the agriculture and early industrial footprint across the country,” David said. “We are experiencing a similar, exciting development today in our collective efforts to build the next evolution in our economic and sustainable energy structure.”

Partnerships accelerate progress

Membership in the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center accelerated Ingersoll Rand’s participation in renewable energy through the virtual power purchase agreement and helped Ingersoll Rand organize and plan for achieving its renewable energy goals.

Ingersoll Rand also partnered with energy company ENGIE North America, owner of the wind farm.

“ENGIE is proud to partner with a nationally recognized leader for innovative environmental protection products and salutes Ingersoll Rand’s deep commitment to clean, renewable energy,” said Emily Cohen, vice president of commercial strategy for U.S. wind development at ENGIE North America. "We are thrilled to see the Seymour Hills project producing significant economic and environmental benefits for customers, landowners and the community while helping drive the needed transition to a zero carbon emissions future.”

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In addition to Ingersoll Rand’s agreement with the Seymour Hills Wind Farm, the company recently commissioned onsite solar installations that address about 15 percent of the electricity load in three of its large manufacturing sites: Trenton, New Jersey; Columbia, South Carolina; and Taicang, China.

Ingersoll Rand’s 2030 Sustainability Commitment

Ingersoll Rand recently announced its 2030 Sustainability Commitment.