The Whirlpool Corporation is “amping” up their promise to become a clean energy partner in our area.

Last year, The Whirlpool corporation announced two wind turbine projects, 3 turbines in Marion and a single turbine in Ottawa. The project cost  $13.5 million , but it’s part of an ongoing effort to help improve Whirlpool’s local environmental impact.

“If you think about it, clean energy is going to be the basis of being a responsible corporate citizen going forward. We need to be part of that, and we are a part of that,” said Ottawa plant leader Jennifer Hanna.

The single 405 foot turbine will generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity, and is expected to offset 34 percent of the plants energy needs.

It was built by Findlay based One Energy, as part of their “Winds for Industry” project.

Along with lowering utility costs, the turbine will give the plant and corporation a clearer financial image for planning over the next 20 years.

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