Whirlpool to Power Manufacturing Plant with Wind Turbines
Whirlpool joins Google in going renewable as it announces plans to power its manufacturing plant with wind turbines.
Whirlpool Corporation is the number one major appliance manufacturer worldwide. The corporation brings in about $21 billion in annual sales, along with 70 manufacturing and technology research centres and 93,000 employees in 2016. Whirlpool Corporation’s major brand names include KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag, Brasetmp, Amana, Consul, Jenn-Air, Bauknecht, Indesit among other majors, which are sold in virtually every country throughout the world.
Whirlpool’s Greenville Operations manufactures hand mixers, aerated beverage machines, blenders, cutlery blocks, stand mixers, and stand mixer attachments and accessories under the KitchenAid brand. And the latest announcement further builds on the company’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing, which has been underway for 46 years.
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Construction is planned to begin in early 2018. The turbines will be the same as those developed for Whirlpool Corporation’s facilities in Marion, Findlay and Ottowa, Ohio and developed in conjunction with One Energy Enterprises.
Three turbines are expected to generate over 12 million kWh annually. The turbines are anticipated to offset about 70 percent of the electricity consumption at the Greenville plant, thus eliminating the equivalent of over 9,000 tons of CO2, annually. It’s an amount that could generate enough clean energy to successfully power over 900 average-sized American homes.
Ron Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director at Whirlpool Corporation, noted that, “By investing in on-site wind energy, we are 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. We are proud that this will be our fourth of five plants in Ohio to utilize sustainable energy.”
Voglewede also says the corporation is committed to continuing to pursue projects like this, helping to reduce their overall energy footprint.
One Energy Enterprises:
All of the turbines will be financed and built by One Energy Enterprises as a part of its Wind for Industry projects, just like Whirlpool’s previous wind turbine projects. The plant in Greenville is the most recent manufacturing facility where Whirlpool Corporation is enabling wind energy to partially power its operations. The previous turbines were generated at Findlay, Marion and Ottawa, Ohio. These additional wind farms will potentially make Whirlpool Corporation one of the largest users of wind energy on site of any Fortune 500 company within the United States.
Along with the addition of wind turbines as part of Whirlpool’s commitment to the Greenville community and surrounding area, Whirlpool Corporation is also planning to create three $5,000 each Megawatt Scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded annually for each year the turbines are in operation. The Megawatt Scholarships will be awarded to local high school graduates who are pursuing a two- or four-year STEM degree.