LafargeHolcim has announced plans to build three wind turbines to help power its cement plant in Paulding, Ohio. This step is part of the company’s commitment to improving manufacturing operations, controlling costs, and operating sustainably.
Beginning construction in December 2018, the turbines will be built in partnership with One Energy. Expected to generate more than 12 million kWh of energy each year, the turbines will provide enough energy to power 1200 average US households for an entire year, based on the US Energy Information Administration. It is hoped that this will eliminate the equivalent of over 9000 tpy of CO2.
LafargeHolcim will also create three US$5000 Megawatt Scholarships (one per turbine for a total of US$15 000 each year), to be awarded each year that the turbines are in operation. This is part of the company’s contribution to the continued success of the community surrounding the Paulding plant. The scholarships will be awarded to local high school graduates pursuing a two or four year STEM degree. One Energy will also pay US$27 000 each year in local property taxes.
“Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North American and something we are excited to leverage,” said Jamie Gentoso, CEO of US Cement Operations at LafargeHolcim. “The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral components for our nation’s highways, roads, airports, and national landmarks. Investing in new ways to operate our plants that provide a benefit for the environment is very important to us and the communities where we work.”
“It is great to partner with LafargeHolcim as they enhance their environmental footprint with this clean, inexhaustible fuel source,” said Jereme Kent, CEO and General Manager of One Energy. “Ohio is one of three states that led the US last year in new distributed wind capacity installed and, in the Ohio valley, the use of wind energy is well accepted.”
LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company. It has four businesses: cement, aggregates and ready mix concrete, as well as advanced solutions and products, including precast concrete, asphalt, and mortar.
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