Honda’s wind turbines are overachievers, according to Honda’s recent announcement. The two wind turbines, which went into operation at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc., in Russells Point, Ohio, last January, were meant to produce about 10 percent of the plant’s energy use, or 10,000 MWh per year.
According to the automaker’s announcement, the turbines produced about what they had hoped for and expected in just two of the first six months, while the other four months they produced far more energy than was expected. April turned out to be the highest-performing month of the first six, with total output equaling 16 percent of the plant’s needs.
Overall, output in the first six months exceeded the plant’s expectations by 6.3 percent, making the Honda plant the first of its kind to get any “substantial” amount of power from on-site turbines.
The eight million dollar turbines were provided by Juhl Energy, who installed the alternative power source under a power purchase agreement. This means that Honda didn’t have to pay for the turbines up front, but simply pays for the electricity generated by the turbines.
Undoubtedly, other manufacturers will soon follow suit, and a close watch will be kept on Honda’s wind turbines and their continued success.
Here at Vann York Honda, we are proud to work for a company that makes renewable energy and green operations a priority.