Wind Turbine Planned for Rivian’s Normal Plant to Deliver Vehicles Charged with On-site Renewables
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The planned site for the 2.8-megawatt turbine is inside the vehicle test track on the east side of Rivian’s manufacturing campus. (Photo: Business Wire)
Earlier this year, at the plant’s outbound charging yard, Rivian installed a 783-kilowatt solar canopy that is scheduled to begin generating electricity later this summer.
The wind turbine project supports the company’s long-term renewable energy vision of developing high-impact projects that reduce its carbon footprint while also benefiting customers, communities, and the electrical grid.
The turbine is designed for a capacity of at least 2.8 megawatts and to be capable of generating nearly 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year – enough to power 890 average US homes. Over its 25-year lifetime, it could avoid around 177,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions – the equivalent of taking roughly 34,000 internal combustion engine vehicles off the road for one year.
“To us, our job isn’t done when our vehicles come off the line,” said
To construct the turbine, Rivian is partnering with Apex Clean Energy, a
Rivian submitted a permit application to the
The proposed wind turbine would be less than 510 feet tall, with white, non-reflective blades. The planned site is on the east side of Rivian’s manufacturing campus, inside the vehicle test track. To identify an appropriate location, Rivian commissioned studies on potential impacts from sound and shadow flicker and to threatened and endangered species, cultural resources and communication systems. Sound is estimated to average 35 decibels and reach a maximum of 42 decibels – about the level of a refrigerator.
The wind project aligns with Rivian’s strategy of adding renewable resources to parts of the country that need them most. Illinois’ grid is powered by 11% renewables.
Rivian has signed the Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. The company has also set ambitious internal targets along the way.
Rivian exists to create products and services that help our planet transition to carbon neutral energy and transportation. Rivian designs, develops, and manufactures category-defining electric vehicles and accessories and sells them directly to customers in the consumer and commercial markets. Rivian complements its vehicles with a full suite of proprietary, value-added services that address the entire lifecycle of the vehicle and deepen its customer relationships. Learn more about the company, products, and careers at rivian.com.