Wind turbines to power Ball and Whirlpool plants in Findlay, Ohio

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FINDLAY, Ohio — Whirlpool Corporation is planning to use wind energy to power its manufacturing facility located in Findlay, Ohio.

The Findlay Wind Farm is an $18 million “Wind for Industry” project, financed by One Energy, which provides energy solutions for large electric consumers.

The wind farm will have five wind turbines, with Whirlpool utilizing two and nearby Ball Company using three.

Each turbine is expected to generate enough electricity equivalent to the amount required to power 300-400 average homes. The turbines are expected to offset an estimated 22% of the Whirlpool’s electric consumption.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and the turbines are expected to be operational beginning in late 2015.

Related scholarship

For each turbine, Whirlpool Corporation will create one $5,000 Megawatt Scholarship to be awarded each year the turbine is in operation. Two scholarships (one per turbine) will be awarded annually to a graduating high school senior from the local school districts.

Eligible students will be those seeking a two- or four-year technical degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at an accredited college.

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