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Wind turbines power Honda car plant

UNITED STATES: Honda has switched on turbines that are now being used to partially power its car factory in Ohio.

The turbines at Honda's Russells Point plant
The turbines at Honda's Russells Point plant

Two turbines, installed by ConEdison Solutions, the energy services arm of utility ConEdison, at the Russells Point car plant are expected to provide around 10% of the facility's power.

The Japanese manufacturer believes that the factory is the only car manufacturing plant in the US to have utility-scale wind turbines sited on its land.

GE 1.6-100 turbines have been used on the project, with the machines sitting atop 80-metre towers.

Honda said that studies it commissioned in 2012 indicated wind power was a cost-effective source of electricity for the plant and that the project will not adversely impact local wildlife or the environment.

ConEdison, one of the largest utility companies in the US, will own and operate the turbines.

Globally, Honda has set itself voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020. This includes a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the manufacturing of Honda products. The company has already built a 27MW wind farm in Brazil to provide power for a factory.

A number of other car manufacturers are also pushing to reduce their carbon footprints through tapping into wind power. Last year, Volkswagen Mexico signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for 130MW of wind energy from Mexico Power Group.

And in 2011, BMW contracted a German wind-farm developer to carry build a 10MW wind farm at the site of its car plant in Leipzig, Germany.

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