Whirlpool to use wind to power Findlay plant

Whirlpool Corp. plans to use wind turbines to power its manufacturing facility in Findlay, Ohio, company officials announced.

The Findlay Wind Farm is an $18 million “Wind for Industry” project, financed by One Energy, that provides energy for large electric consumers. On-site wind generation is designed to reduce an industrial facility’s electric consumption from the grid.

Officials said the wind farm will have five wind turbines, with Whirlpool utilizing two and the nearby Ball Co. using three. The turbines are expected to offset about 22 percent of Whirlpool’s electric consumption, while producing zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Whirlpool, a global home appliance manufacturer and marketer, had annual sales of about $19 billion in 2013. The company has 69,000 employees, including 10,000 in Ohio.

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