Bacardi Turns to Wind-Generated Power in Puerto Rico
Since 2010, Bacardi’s rum distillery in Puerto Rico has used two wind turbines to generate clean, renewable energy for use in the production of its premium spirits. Together, the turbines generate about 1 million kilowatts of electricity each year, enough to completely power the Bacardi visitor center, which has become one of the most popular destinations in metro San Juan. In total, the turbines generate about 7 percent of the energy used by Bacardi in Puerto Rico each year and offset more than 900 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
The Bacardi wind turbines have become a notable part of the San Juan landscape. Standing at 137 feet tall with a rotor diameter of 75 feet, the turbines can be seen from miles around. Aspenall Energies, based in Cataño, owns the turbines and sells the energy that they generate to Bacardi through a power-purchase agreement.
The use of wind-generated energy represents part of Bacardi Limited’s Good Spirited global sustainability program, which aims to create more environmentally friendly packaging, source materials in a responsible manner, and improve operational efficiency.