An Ohio farm was so impressed by two wind turbines it recently installed, it ordered a third. Cooper Farms, a family owned business that employs over 1,500, installed the 1.5-MW Goldwind turbines at its cooked meats plant in Van Wert. When it saw greater profit potential, it called on Findlay, Ohio-based One Energy to install a third. Construction begins this month, and when complete, the new turbine will stand over 400 feet tall.
Ohio has seen a significant increase in energy costs since 2011, and those costs are expected to continue growing. One Energy says it wants everyone to “own their wind” to off-set rising energy costs.
“Large-scale wind turbines are the answer,” says Jereme Kent, general manager of One Energy. “For businesses that use massive amounts of electricity, these turbines just make sense. A full return on investment is seen within five to eight years, and every year after is pure profit. Businesses can more fully control their financial destinies by harnessing the wind above their heads, and being good corporate citizens at the same time.”