Ground broken on Ohio wind farm, which will serve some Whirlpool load

Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR) broke ground on June 15 on the Findlay Wind Farm, an $18 million “Wind for Industry” project and financed by One Energy.

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. Goldwind America is the supplier of the wind turbines for this project.

“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. 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 Corp. “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.”

Construction is scheduled to begin immediately and the turbines are expected to be operational beginning late this year.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.