Case Study: OPENING THE CAN ON RENEWABLE ENERGY IN FINDLAY
For the first time in its 135-year history, Ball entered the world of renewable energy in 2015, adding another layer to our efforts to address climate change. Our highly engaged workforce in Findlay, Ohio, teamed up with a local renewable energy service provider to harness the power of the wind.
One Energy invested $18 million to install five 1.5 megawatt hour wind turbines on land next to our Findlay metal beverage and food packaging manufacturing plant. Ball committed to a 20-year fixed electric rate for power supplied by three turbines, which will generate 13 million kilowatt hours per year, representing 20 percent of the plant’s electricity needs. With this first step to a low carbon energy supply future, we are avoiding more than 8,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year, equivalent to the annual emissions of 1,800 passenger vehicles.
Beyond the environmental advantages, this project drives employee engagement and benefits the local community. The project partners also established three $5,000 annual scholarships for local high school students pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree in higher education.
We continue to look for additional renewable energy opportunities at all of our locations and signed the first power purchase agreement for solar energy at our Fairfield, California, plant in early 2016. The panels will produce approximately 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.