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Michelin Ireland uses wind power to cut costs

Michelin (Euronext:à‚ ML) has installed two new wind turbines at its Ballymena plant in County Antrim, Ireland.

As well as the cost reduction involved, the 4.6 MW installation is expected to save 4,146 tonnes of CO2 per year.
It will be the second wind park constructed by green energy company Ecotricity for Micehlin. They installed two windmills at the company’s Dundee tyre factory in 2006.

Factory manager at Michelin Ballymena, Wilton Crawford, said: “The wind turbines will help alleviate the challenge of increased energy costs, particularly as energy prices in Northern Ireland far surpass those in Europe”.

Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince, said: “Building wind power on-site and supplying it directly to a factory not only cuts carbon emissions, but because you don’t need to transport the electricity via the grid – it cuts energy costs too.

“This is a way to make businesses more competitive and more environmentally sustainable at the same time,” added Vince.

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