Spirit AeroSystems, a manufacturer of aerostructures and a subsidiary of Spirit Aerosystems Holdings, has announced its switch to 100% wind energy at the company’s headquarters in Kansas.
Converting the Spirit Wichita Facility, which employs around 10,000 people and where it builds fuselages and other aerostructures for Boeing, Airbus and Defence contractors, to use green energy boosts Spirit’s global renewable power percentage to 75%.
Electricity for the facility comes from 62 turbines that are part of the Flat Ridge 3 wind farm in Kingman County, owned and operated by a subsidiary of American Electric Power.
Renewable energy is part of Spirit’s strategy to achieve a 30% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 2030.
Tom Gentile, President and CEO of Spirit AeroSystems said: “Harnessing a local renewable and reliable resource dramatically reduces our corporate carbon emissions, a key priority for Spirit in achieving our sustainability goals.
“Improving both our environmental and operational performance builds competitiveness in our business, which means we can continue to support our local economy and secure our long term future in Kansas.”