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FINDLAY, OHIO – A Findlay wind energy company will build five wind turbines this year, totaling $18 million, to help power Ball Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation’s Findlay plants.

One Energy will build the turbines on 70 acres it has bought north of Ball Corp., east of Whirlpool and south of Allen Township 215, said Jereme Kent, general manager of One Energy, 15630 Ohio 12, Suite 6. Construction will start this spring and finish in late 2015.

“We are doing the financial outlay and handling all of the construction and operation,” Kent said.

One Energy will own and operate the turbines. Ball will buy all of the energy from three of the turbines, which will supply about 20 percent of its energy needs for 20 years. Whirlpool will buy all of the energy from two of the turbines, which will supply about 22 percent of its power needs.

Ball Corp. said the wind energy will provide savings over existing electricity rates. The wind energy will generate no greenhouse gas emissions, which are associated with climate change.

“Balancing our economic, environmental and social impacts, we continue to create long-term shared value for the company and its stakeholders,” said Bjoern Kulmann, Ball’s director for sustainability.

“We’re excited to join One Energy and the Findlay community for this project,” said Dale Laws, vice president of Whirlpool’s Findlay operations. “The Findlay Wind Farm project is an example of how global companies like Whirlpool can make a positive impact at the local level, and the global level by minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment.”

One Energy, for its part, is simply doing its mission.

“We try to make the energy, the cost efficiency that large wind turbines bring, available to large electric consumers,” Kent said. “And (we) have skipped the middleman of having to go through the transmission system, by doing it on-site.”

Most of its work has been done outside Hancock County. One Energy is most known for two projects in the Van Wert area: Three of its turbines supply power for Cooper Farms, and three more turbines supply power for Haviland Plastic Products.

Kent described each of those as “the largest wind-for-industry project in the U.S.



The Courier