Whirlpool plans wind turbines at fourth Ohio site
Whirlpool Corp. has announced plans for three wind turbines to power its manufacturing facility in Greenville, Ohio, and further build on the company's commitment to sustainable manufacturing.
Beginning construction in early 2018, the turbines will be the same as those developed for Whirlpool’s manufacturing facilities in Findlay, Marion and Ottawa, Ohio, and will be developed in coordination with One Energy Enterprises, according to a release.
The three Greenville turbines will generate more than 12 million kWh annually and offset approximately 70 percent of the plant's electricity consumption – eliminating the equivalent of more than 9,000 annual tons of CO2. This is equivalent to generating enough clean energy to power more than 900 average American homes.
"By investing in on-site wind energy, we're ensuring that Whirlpool Corp. is set up for success now and in the future, while also expanding the commitment to sustainability that is vital to our company," said Ron Voglewede, Whirlpool’s global sustainability director.
Similar to previous wind turbine projects, all three turbines will be built and financed by One Energy Enterprises as part of its Wind for Industry projects. The Greenville plant is the latest Ohio facility where Whirlpool is implementing wind energy to partially power its manufacturing operations.
The completion of the additional wind farms will potentially make Whirlpool one of the largest users of on-site wind energy of any Fortune 500 company in the United States, the release said.
The Greenville site manufactures stand mixers, stand mixer attachments and accessories, hand mixers, blenders, aerated beverage machines and cutlery blocks under the KitchenAid brand.
In addition to the wind turbines and as part of its continued commitment to the community surrounding the Greenville plant, Whirlpool will also create three $5,000 Megawatt Scholarships (one per turbine, for a total of $15,000 annually). They will be awarded annually for every year the turbines are in operation to local high school graduates pursuing a two-year or four-year STEM degree.
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