The Geneva, New York company Zotos International Inc. which specializes in the production of hair-care/personal-styling products broke ground yesterday on what they claim to be the largest on-site wind energy project by any manufacturer in the United States. The project will include the installation of two 1,650 Kilowatt turbines that will tower 350 feet above the city of Geneva. The Turbines are expected to provide Zotos International's Geneva plant with 70% of their total energy demand. 5% of energy production will be donated to Geneva and is expected to be enough to power the city's streetlights.
Zotos International Inc. is owned by the large Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido Americas Corp. After receiving $2.1 Million in federal stimulus money the company paid $4.9 Million for the project, an investment they expect to see a return on in less than 5 years. The company is currently looking for other clean energy options such as solar and geothermal to become 100% carbon neutral by 2011.
For more information on the project see The Post-Standard article at http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/geneva_plant_breaks_ground_on.html or read about the companies environmental commitment at http://www.zotos.com/our-eco-commitment.