Whirlpool backing new wind power project in Ohio

Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) said Jan. 26 that it will be adding wind energy to power its manufacturing facility located in Findlay, Ohio.

The Findlay Wind Farm is an $18m “Wind for Industry” project, financed by One Energy, which provides energy solutions for large electric consumers. On-site wind energy generation is designed to significantly reduce an industrial facility’s electric consumption from the grid. The wind farm will have five wind turbines with Whirlpool utilizing two and nearby Ball Co. using three. The turbines are expected to offset an estimated 22% of the Whirlpool’s electric consumption. Each turbine is expected to generate enough electricity equivalent to the amount required to power 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 Corp. “For more than 40 years, Whirlpool Corporation has made a number of significant advancements in sustainability.”

“This project further demonstrates Whirlpool’s commitment to sustainability,” said Ron Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool Corp. “We’re making positive progress on improving our operations’ footprint, while manufacturing energy efficient products.”

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 in the spring and the turbines are expected to be operational beginning in late 2015.

Whirlpool is the world’s leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of about $19bn in 2013, 69,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.