Committed to the well-being of the planet and its peopleHow a 1.7 MW solar project at Bayer’s North American headquarters is contributing to their goal to become climate neutral by 2050.
Guided by their mission “Health for all, Hunger for none,” Bayer — one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world — understands that the health of the planet is directly connected to the health of its people.
In alignment with its mission, and as part of their extensive sustainability efforts, Bayer is working to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 with an absolute reduction of 42% in their scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 2030. To accomplish this, they are focused on converting 100% of the energy they consume to renewable energy.
At the U.S. headquarters for their pharmaceutical and consumer health division in Whippany, NJ — which already provides EV charging, low-emission vehicle parking, and commuter shuttles for its employees — a solar project was a natural progression. The headquarters also proved to be the perfect location due to the land it had available for an onsite ground-mounted solar array, supportive local regulation, and township collaboration.
To find the right partner to help them achieve their ambitious net zero goals, Bayer issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for their site in Whippany, NJ. They knew they wanted a long-term partner with a strong financial background that would provide security and stability throughout the life of the project, which they found in DSD.
Hear from Bayer’s stakeholders on how the Whippany solar project is the stepping stone to advance their sustainability goals:
“Installing solar at our U.S. headquarters is just one of the many things we’re exploring to further reduce our ecological footprint and demonstrate our commitment to a greener future. Choosing DSD as a partner in this journey has proved to be of great value, and we look forward to working with them in our future endeavors.”
Americas Decarbonization Procurement Manager
Bayer decided to finance the project through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which means they are procuring the energy produced onsite directly with DSD and avoiding spending a significant amount of capital to install the project themselves.
As a result, Bayer will see cost savings within the first year of operation and will have DSD as a long-term partner overseeing the operations and maintenance, guaranteeing the system is producing what is expected for the life of the agreement. As an owner and operator, DSD will also decommission the project and return the site to its original state at the end of the project lifecycle.
As the U.S. headquarters, the Whippany site sets a high example through sustainable initiatives and their commitment to preserving the site’s original landscape. To accommodate Bayer’s employee-led bee colony initiative and existing aesthetics, the DSD design and engineering team devised a plan that would minimize the number of trees removed, utilize pollinator-friendly substrate, and incorporate river rock to match the look and feel of the site.
The location of the ground-mount system on a parcel of underutilized space at Bayer’s headquarters was specifically chosen for multiple reasons. First, it allowed DSD to create a system that could produce the most amount of power for the lowest cost. Additionally, the location allows DSD to deploy, operate and maintain the system without any impact on the facility or employees.
From contracting to mobilization, DSD’s project development team worked closely with Bayer to overcome any hurdles that arose. Since the location sits within Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) utility territory, which already has a lot of solar deployed, tying the system into one utility feeder ensured this project would not contribute to grid congestion.
The finished project consists of 3,600 panels that rotate throughout the day, maximizing the amount of solar power produced.
This project significantly
helps Bayer advance their goal of
achieving net zero by 2050,
while also signaling to their employees and customers that they are committed to their sustainability goals.
The Whippany installation at Bayer’s U.S. headquarters will generate approximately 2.75 GWh of clean energy annually, which is enough to offset approximately 25% of the site’s total annual energy usage. This project significantly helps Bayer advance their goal of achieving net zero by 2050, while also signaling to their employees and customers that they are committed to their sustainability goals.
As the asset owner and operator, DSD is responsible for maintaining the project, including the functionality of the mechanical equipment and all necessary landscaping, to ensure the system is operating at its maximum efficiency. Ultimately, this solar system will provide Bayer’s U.S. headquarters with energy security and operational savings over the next 25 years.
With the success of this solar installation, Bayer is embarking on many other projects with DSD, including a 2.6 MW rooftop solar project in California and many other sites throughout the country. As Bayer continues to increase their renewable energy portfolio, DSD is excited to support their initiatives and help them get closer to their net-zero goals.
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