Whirlpool Installing 40.8 MW of Onsite Solar and Wind at Ohio Washing Machine and Dishwasher Plants

Jan. 10, 2024
Once the two new projects are completed, the renewable energy generated onsite will fulfill at least 70% of the energy needs for the Clyde and Findlay plants

Whirlpool has entered into an agreement with One Energy to add onsite solar and wind power at the company’s Findlay and Clyde, Ohio operations, which are responsible for manufacturing washing machines and dishwashers.

The project will install three turbines at Whirlpool’s Findlay operations, bringing its total number of onsite turbines to five. The Clyde, Ohio operations will receive its first introduction into onsite renewable energy with the construction of three turbines. A ground solar array will also be installed at each location.

Combined, the two projects will create 40.8 MW of renewable energy, bringing Whirlpool into the top 25% of companies on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Green Power Partnership list.

Currently, Whirlpool has nine onsite wind turbines at four of its Ohio plants in Findlay, Marion, Greenville, and Ottawa. In total, these turbines supply 22% of the facilities’ electrical needs. Once these two new projects are completed, the renewable energy generated onsite will fulfill at least 70% of the energy needs for the Clyde and Findlay plants.

“Our focus on sustainability goes back over 50 years, and these new onsite installations are a significant step toward achieving our net zero target by 2030 for our operations,” said Pam Klyn, Whirlpool’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Sustainability.

The solar and wind projects are projected to be completed and operational in early 2025. In addition to the renewable energy benefits, Whirlpool and Energy One will provide six $5,000 scholarships, which will be awarded each year to students in local communities pursuing a two or four-year degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).