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Honda’s wind turbines begin operation

Honda announced today it will begin operation of two industrial wind turbines at Honda Transmission Manufacturing Inc.’s Russells Point plant.

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The two wind turbines recently installed at Honda Transmission Manufacturing at Russells Point are about 65 feet shorter than the highest turbines planned as part of the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in northern Logan and southern Hardin counties. The 1.7-megawatt General Electric turbines atop the bases, however, are the same model of turbine as one of the proposed turbines in the project. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

The start up comes in the same week that three of the automaker’s North American plants earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification.

A subsidiary of ConEdison Solutions of Valhalla, N.Y., will operate the HTM wind turbines which are consistent with Honda’s global commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

HTM becomes the first automotive manufacturing facility in the U.S. to obtain a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property.

Studies indicate that wind-generated power is a cost-effective source of electricity for the plant and that the project will not adversely impact local wildlife or the environment, the company said.  

The two wind turbines will supply approximately 10 percent of the plant’s electricity. Based on their location and actual wind speeds, combined output from the two wind turbines is estimated at 10,000-megawatt hours per year.

The turbines, with blades approximately 160 feet long, have been installed on 260-foot towers on HTM property, which is suited for a maximum of two wind turbines.  

“We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors throughout all phases of the project that will help Honda work toward our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” said HTM Vice President Gary Hand. “This is just one of many ways that Honda is seeking to reduce our environmental footprint.”

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