New solar panels at MilliporeSigma site in Wisconsin add renewable energy to the power grid

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  • 7,000 solar panels produce energy to power 700 homes
  • Part of We Energies’ “Solar Now” program, bringing more renewable energy to Wisconsin
  • Reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to renewable energy

BURLINGTON, Mass., July 20, 2022 /CSRwire/ — MilliporeSigma, the U.S. and Canadian life sciences business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, adds 2.25 megawatts to the grid with 7,000 solar panels at its Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, which are now fully installed. The project is part of a 30-year ground lease with We Energies, the region’s electrical services company.

“This is the longest renewable energy contract in company history,” said Jeffrey Whitford, social enterprise innovation and sustainability leader for the life sciences business line. life of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “This reinforces our commitment to bringing more renewable energy to the grid with long-term contracts as part of our broader sustainability strategy to reduce resource consumption.”

As part of its “Solar Now” program, We Energies has now fully installed 7,000 solar panels on approximately 11 acres of land on MilliporeSigma’s Sheboygan campus. The solar panels can produce enough energy to power nearly 700 homes. MilliporeSigma will receive approximately 8,000 renewable energy certificates produced by the panels per year. These certificates correspond to 33% of the energy consumption of the Sheboygan site.

The solar energy project in Sheboygan directly helps the company achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040, in line with its sustainability strategy. By 2030, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, aims to cover 80% of its electricity with renewable energy and to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 50% compared to a reference of 2020.

The announcement of the completion of the solar power project follows MilliporeSigma’s recent groundbreaking of the first lateral flow membrane production facility in the United States. The facility, built at the Sheboygan site, will manufacture the company’s Hi-Flow™ Plus lateral flow membrane used in the manufacture of rapid diagnostic test kits, including those for Covid-19.

For more information on MilliporeSigma’s commitment to expanding its renewable energy portfolio both onsite and offsite, as well as additional efforts to support and advance the renewable energy industry, click here.

About the life sciences business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Sciences business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the United States and Canada, has more than 26,000 employees and more than 55 manufacturing and test sites worldwide, with a portfolio of over 300,000 products focused on scientific discovery, biomanufacturing and testing services. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates in healthcare, life sciences and electronics.

More than 60,000 employees work every day to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of people by creating more joyful and sustainable lifestyles. From advancing gene-editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the toughest diseases to enabling device intelligence, the company is everywhere. In 2021, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany achieved sales of €19.7 billion in 66 countries.

The company owns the global rights to the “Merck” name and trademark internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business segments of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life sciences and EMD Electronics. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advancements. To this day, the founding family remains the majority shareholder of the listed company. For more information about Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany,

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