6 August 2010 – What has been described as the largest on-site wind energy project for a US manufacturing company has won local planning approval, with construction expected to begin this month.
 
Hair-care products manufacturer Zotos International, a subsidiary of Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Company, was given the green light for a US$7 million, 3.3 MW on-site wind power project for its manufacturing plant by city officials in Geneva, New York.
 
The project will comprise of two, 1650 kW wind turbines that will generate approximately 7500 MWh of green energy every year.
 
The company is investing in wind power as part of a sustainability initiative aimed at powering its plant with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2011.
 
Anthony Perdigao, vice president of plant operations at Zotos, credited last year’s federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), for covering 30% of the project’s costs. With this assistance, Zotos expects to see a return on investment in less than five years.

As part of the project, Zotos will provide the city with a donation equivalent to 5% of the wind power generated.

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