LafargeHolcim adds wind turbines to power Ohio cement plant

The world’s largest cement maker, LafargeHolcim, is to build three wind turbines to help power its cement plant in Paulding, Ohio.

LafargeHolcim will work with Ohio-based One Energy on the project.

The three Paulding turbines will create 12 million kWh annually, enough to power 1,200 households for a year.

Jamie Gentoso, LafargeHolcim’s US Cement chief executive, said: "Distributed wind energy is a first for LafargeHolcim in North America and something we’re excited to leverage.

"The Paulding cement plant has been an anchor of this region for decades, producing high-quality cement and mineral components for our nation’s highways, roads, airports and national landmarks. Investing in new ways to operate our plants that provide a benefit for the environment is very important to us and the communities where we work."

Construction of the turbines will begin in December 2018.

LafargeHolcim will also fund three $5,000 "Megawatt Scholarships" for local high school graduates pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) degrees while the turbines are in operation.

Image: Downtown Paulding, Ohio (Wikimedia Commons/Nyttend/Public Domain)

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