Ball increase their wind power
Ball Corporation and One Energy Enterprises LLC have announced plans to build three more wind turbines at Ball’s Findlay, Ohio, beverage packaging plant. The three new turbines will join three similar turbines that have been in operation since December 2015.
Together, the six turbines will use sustainable wind resources to supply approximately 30% of the Findlay plant’s power needs at a fixed cost for 17 more years (the initial three turbines) and 20 years (the three new turbines). The Findlay plant, which employs more than 370 people, makes 100% infinitely recyclable metal containers.
“Ball’s sustainability progress is powered by projects throughout our company, and our expansion of the use of wind power in Findlay is yet another example,” said Glenn Jost, the company’s Findlay plant manager. “By expanding our use of wind turbines to deliver power to our plant, Ball is increasing its support of renewable energy while ensuring a fixed-rate cost for a significant amount of our Findlay power needs for decades.”
The project will cost approximately $9 million which is being financed by One Energy. The six total turbines will generate more than 24,000,000 kWh annually.
To further increase community impact, Ball and One Energy will create another three $5,000 Megawatt Scholarships in Findlay to be awarded each year the turbines are in operation, in addition to the three already in place. The Megawatt Scholarships will be awarded to local high school graduates pursuing a two-year or four-year higher education degree in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) fields of study.
“Support of STEM education is critical to Ball’s ability to provide products that help sustain our planet,” said Jost. “The critical importance of STEM learning – particularly for disadvantaged students – will be key to ensuring companies have the talent they need to thrive. That includes our efforts to further develop our Findlay workforce pipeline for engineering positions, and for other STEM roles at Ball.”