ENERGY

Wind Turbine Planned for Rivian’s Normal Plant to Deliver Vehicles Charged with On-site Renewables

Rivian | June 20, 2022

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Rivian announced plans for a large-scale wind turbine at its Normal manufacturing campus that is intended to provide clean energy to enable new R1 vehicles to be powered by renewables for their first charge.

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, While we’re working hard to help electrify transportation, we’re also pushing to accelerate the shift to carbon-free electricity for all. This wind turbine is an early step on that path, and it’s also a beacon of our vision for a clean energy future.”

- Andrew Peterman, Rivian Director of Renewable Energy.

To construct the turbine, Rivian is partnering with Apex Clean Energy, a Virginia-based renewable energy development company with projects across the United States, including 500 megawatts of wind in Illinois.

Rivian submitted a permit application to the Town of Normal, Illinois, in June, and the Town’s Planning Commission will consider approval this summer.

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.

About Rivian
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.

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Nomad Transportable Power Systems Launches Portfolio of Mobile Energy Storage Systems

Nomad Transportable Power Systems Inc. | August 02, 2022

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Exeger and Atmosic Technologies Partner to Create Energy Harvesting Solutions for the IoT Sector

Exeger and Atmosic | September 12, 2022

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Cero Generation Selects Ameresco and Sunel as Partners on 100MWp Delfini Solar Project

Cero Generation and Ameresco | August 17, 2022

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The launch of the Delfini solar project marks the start of a new chapter for the delivery of cheaper, clean energy to Greece’s grid. “We are delighted to be partnering with Ameresco and Sunel Group on this landmark project. Against the backdrop of an ongoing energy crisis, we're helping to deliver cheaper, cleaner power across the country and supporting the government's ambitious transition goals. This project is an important step in the expansion of Cero's Greek portfolio and one of many market-leading projects in our pipeline,” -Marta Martinez Queimadelos, CEO of Cero Generation. We’re thrilled to have been selected as a partner on this innovative and important project. As one of the first private power purchase agreement for a solar project in Greece, this move sets the stage for future contracts that will stand to benefit the country both economically and environmentally, said Britta MacIntosh, SVP, Ameresco It’s an honor to play such an active role in developing a greener and cleaner future for Greece. "Sunel Group's collaboration with Cero and Ameresco on the 'Delfini' project is an important milestone, as it gives us the opportunity to leave our footprint in yet another important photovoltaic project. Cero is a valuable partner for us. Our commitment is to successfully deliver the Delfini project, on time and with high quality, thus strengthening our collaboration for its future projects" -Sunel Group CEO Konstantinos Zygouras. 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