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Wind Turbines Whirl for Renewable Energy

SC Johnson turbines will help the facility provide 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite.

With the push of a button and after a short wait, the new wind turbines at the SC Johnson Waxdale plant began steadily turning and providing renewable energy Tuesday.

The addition of wind power to the plant’s existing energy production means that the facility is now able to produce an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite, reducing the plant's carbon emissions by 6,000 metric tons annually, according to the company.

The wind turbines, with their 135-foot-long blades, will produce about eight million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, enough to power 700 homes in a year.

Fisk Johnson, SC Johnson chairman and CEO, said the wind turbines were a personal passion of his and stand as a testament to the company’s longtime commitment to the environment.

“Every time somebody comes into our entrance of this facility, they can’t help but get a giant visual reminder of a commitment that we have made as a company to environmental progress,” he said.

Johnson dedicated the turbines in honor of his mother and father.

“These wind turbines are just one part of my family’s and the company’s decades long and strong commitment to improving the environment,” Johnson said, noting that his father was inducted into Fortune Magazine’s Hall of Fame for his environmental leadership and his mother is a naturalist.

The turbines are the largest onsite, company-owned wind turbine manufacturing project in the Midwest.

With energy from the new wind turbines in addition to energy from the two cogeneration turbines, which uses methane gas from the nearby landfill and clean-burning natural gas, the facility is now able to produce an average of 100 percent of its electrical energy onsite.

Mount Pleasant village officials attended the commissioning of the wind turbines.

Karen Itzenhuiser December 20, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I saw these for the first time yesterday...they're awesome! I can't imagine anyone thinking that they are an eye sore. A neat and clean answer to energy provided by mother nature.
Avenging Angel December 20, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Is this supposed to be a news story? If so, perhaps the author can tell us how many years it will be for this system to become profitable? Cost of the towers, turbines, battery strings, rectifiers, yearly maintenance? All these costs versus the estimated cost from WE Energies?
Karen Itzenhuiser December 20, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I don't know that it was ever meant to be profitable. Most electricity in the U.S. today comes from converting the heat energy released from burning fossil fuels--coal, natural gas and oil. Wind turbines are just another source of harnessing energy. Much cleaner than burning fossil fuels. I'd rather see wind turbines than a coal plant spewing smoke.
Joe K December 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM
SCJ is a private company and is under no obligation to provide any of that information.
Avenging Angel December 20, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Joe, the author could easily research this information.
Joe K December 21, 2012 at 05:31 AM
If it's that easy, why do you need the author to do it?
rudi wendt December 25, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Hummm, no nuisance big ash hills laying around, no coal dust flying around, no coal ash flying around, no ash tanker truck jbraking in front of your home trying to drive you from your home, no sounds of the trains dumping the coal from the train cars, no diesel smell from trains idleing, no employees with extremely loud exhaust trying to drive you from your home, no highways closed due to railroad train construction going on, what is right or wrong with this picture? Seems to me SC Johnson has a win win situation here. What do you think?

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