Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - November 28, 2017
Whirlpool expands wind program with 3 new turbines
Whirlpool Corp. has announced plans for three new wind turbines to power its manufacturing facility in Greenville, Ohio, furthering its commitment to sustainable manufacturing and expanding its "Wind for Industry" initiative announced in 2016.
Construction on the new wind turbines is expected to begin in early 2018, according to a Nov. 15 news release. 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.
The three Greenville turbines will generate more than 12 million kWh annually and offset approximately 70% of the plant's electricity consumption, eliminating the equivalent of more than nine thousand annual tons of CO2.
"By investing in on-site wind energy, we're ensuring that Whirlpool Corporation is set up for success now and in the future, while also expanding the commitment to sustainability that is vital to our company," Whirlpool Global Sustainability Director Ron Voglewede said in a statement. "We are proud that this will be our fourth of five plants in Ohio to utilize sustainable energy, and we are committed to continuing to grow initiatives and projects like these that help reduce our overall energy footprint."
Similar to its previous wind turbines, Whirlpool said all three turbines will be built and financed by One Energy Enterprises as part of its Wind for Industry projects. Greenville Operations manufactures stand mixers, stand mixer attachments and accessories, hand mixers, blenders, aerated beverage machines and cutlery blocks under the KitchenAid brand.
The completion of these additional wind farms is expected to make Whirlpool one of the largest users of onsite wind energy of any Fortune 500 company in the United States, the company said.
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