Whirlpool Corporation, the world's largest global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, broke ground this week on the Findlay Wind Farm, an $18 million "Wind for Industry" project, financed by One Energy, which provides energy solutions for large electric consumers.
The wind farm will include five wind turbines, all manufactured by Goldwind America. Whirlpool will utilize two turbines, and nearby Ball Company will utilize the remaining three. The turbines are expected to offset an estimated 22 percent of the Whirlpool's electric consumption. Each turbine is expected to generate sufficient electricity to power the equivalent of 300-400 average homes.
"We're excited to join One Energy and the Findlay community for this project," said Dale Laws, vice president Findlay Operations, Whirlpool Corporation. "For more than 40 years, Whirlpool Corporation has made a number of significant advancements in sustainability. The Findlay Wind Farm project is an example of how global companies like Whirlpool can make a positive impact at the local level, by minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment."
"We're making positive progress on improving our operations' footprint, while manufacturing energy efficient products," said Ron Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool Corporation. "The dishwashers we make in Findlay are designed to lower energy and water consumption for our consumers while improving performance, the same as the Findlay Wind Farm will do for our plant."
Feasibility studies were conducted to ensure responsible siting by assessing any potential impacts of turbine installation, including sound propagation and environmental impact. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately and the turbines are expected to be operational beginning late this year.
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