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Honda first to have wind turbines in U.S. plants

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Honda is to become the first major automotive firm to ensure its U.S. manufacturing facilities have a substantial wind power capabilities.

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The company this week activated two newly installed wind turbines at its plant in Russell's Point, Ohio which are expected to generate 10,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year —equivalent to 10 percent of the plant's overall energy consumption. Honda's US plant with wind turbines.

It's all part of Honda's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations, which includes a plant to reduce CO2 emissions from Honda products by 30 percent by 2020 and make significant CO2 cuts from the company's plants, compared to 2000's levels.

Further investment in wind power is expected be completed later in 2013, with the construction of a wind farm alongside its new production plant in Brazil. The wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to meet Honda's current energy needs for its production in Brazil (approximately 95,000 MWh).

Honda already has a solar panel array on the roof of its production plant in Yorii, Japan—the largest solar power generation system at any car factory in Japan. Built using thin-film solar cells capable of generating 2.6MWh of electricity, this solar installation generates enough power for more than 450 homes and eliminates 1,200 tonnes of CO2. Yorii also has an 8,730kW gas turbine generator running on city gas to help lower emissions.

Honda's European manufacturing plants are also working towards reducing CO2 emissions. Both Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing (HUM) and Honda Turkiye (HTR) plants utilise solar power to generate their own clean energy.

In October 2011, HUM introduced renewable energy from a 5 megawatt peak (MWp) solar-array consisting of more than 21,000 ground mounted panels covering an area of 32 acres. The installation generates 4.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy, equating to 4.4 percent of the sites total electricity requirement for the year and reducing CO2 emissions by almost 2,000 tonnes annually.

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