8. One Energy Feed




In 2017, One Energy’s third project with Whirlpool Corporation was completed at their Ottawa, OH facility. This project, along with the turbines at Whirlpool’s Findlay and Marion plants, made Whirlpool one of the largest Fortune 500 consumers of on-site wind energy.

To continue the successful partnership, Whirlpool announced it’s next Wind for Industry project in 2017. The turbines would be installed at Whirlpool’s Greenville facility, which manufactures KitchenAid appliances.

Kevin Randolph mentioned One Energy in his article about the DOE’s Distributed Wind Market Report, informing readers of the increased accessibility of distributed wind due to PPAs like the kind One Energy offers.

In this article about the increase in small wind in Ohio, Dan Gearino quoted One Energy CEO Jereme Kent in explaining the timing of megawatt installation. Gearino also referenced Kent’s analogy that “a 1.5 megawatt turbine in a windy region such as northwestern Ohio will generate enough electricity in a year to offset the needs of 300 to 500 houses.”

To keep up with the demand for Wind for Industry projects, One Energy refused to let delivery delays tarnish our promises to customers for a timely project installation. In 2017, we completed a deal with our turbine manufacturers, Goldwind, to secure 60 MW worth of turbine parts to be stored at our North Findlay Wind Campus, ready to be deployed as soon as a project was signed.

Valfilm, a plastics manufacturing company in Findlay, OH, announced their decision for two One Energy wind turbines to supply more than 75% of the facility’s electricity needs. Just down the street from One Energy’s headquarters, Valfilm’s turbines added to the growing “wind farm” at the North Findlay Wind Campus.

When companies agree to Wind for Industry, they’re receiving more than just wind turbines. In this article, Marion Star highlighted the additional benefits of energy cost savings, scholarships, and the facility’s stability in the community for the coming 20 years.

In 2017, we secured $80 million from Prudential Capital Group. After years of perfecting our processes and taking the right risks, our business plan was ready for institutional investment. Read why.

The beginning of 2016 signified the start of an ongoing partnership between One Energy and Whirlpool Corporation in increasing the sustainability of Whirlpool’s manufacturing. 

In their annual sustainability report, Whirlpool highlighted the benefits they had already seen from their first Wind for Industry project at their Findlay, OH plant – and introduced plans for wind energy at two more Ohio facilities. 

See page numbers 2, 3, 6, and 14 (3rd, 4th, 7th, and 15th pages of the PDF) for details of their Wind for Industry ambitions.

View the report here.

The residents of Marion, OH enthusiastically welcomed the wind turbines One Energy installed at their Whirlpool facility. To those interviewed for this article, Wind for Industry was a sign that the jobs created by Whirlpool in their area weren’t going anywhere for a long time. To us, that’s true sustainability.


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