Japanese Sweets and Snacks Maker Now Powered by Renewable Energy

Shizen Energy, Summit Energy Corporation and Japanese sweets and snacks company Bourbon Corporation have signed a corporate PPA based on an off-site PPA model for the supply of renewable energy derived from solar power and power supply to five Bourbon factories in Niigata Prefecture.

Under this PPA, electricity will be generated by four new solar power plants in Niigata and Yamagata Prefectures with a total capacity of 6.7 MW (DC), jointly developed by Shizen Energy and Shizen Energy’s partner Bison energy.

The electricity will be supplied to Bourbon’s five factories in Niigata Prefecture by Summit Energy, a retail electricity company. Electricity used by Bourbon’s factories that is not covered by the PPA will be supplied by Bourbon’s existing retail electricity supplier.

Bourbon is committed to reducing CO₂ emissions as part of its sustainability efforts, and this initiative is expected to contribute to a reduction of approximately 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The Kashiwazaki Matsunami solar power plant in Niigata Prefecture is already in operation, supplying electricity to Bourbon’s factories, and power plants under construction will begin supplying electricity when completed.

Bourbon develops, manufactures and sells cookies, chocolates, rice crackers, candies and other confectionery products, as well as beverages, food products and frozen desserts and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2024.