Hair care manufacturer wins approval for 3.3 MW on site wind project

Geneva, N.Y., July 28, 2010 — An on-site manufacturing sector wind project won final approval and is expected to start construction in mid-August, with the wind turbines fully operational by the end of the year.

Darien, Conn.-based hair-care manufacturer Zotos International, a unit of Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Co., got the green light for a $7 million, 3.3 MW on-site wind power project for its manufacturing plant in Geneva, N.Y. The project was unanimously approved by city officials.

Perdigao credited last year’s federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for covering 30 percent of the project’s costs. With this assistance, Zotos expects to see a return on investment in less than five years.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, Zotos’ project is the largest wind project of any manufacturing company in the U.S.

The Zotos project is comprised of two, 1.65 MW wind turbines that will generate about 7,500 mWh of renewable energy every year. As part of its project, Zotos will provide the city with a donation equivalent to 5 percent of the wind power generated on site.

The company is investing in wind power as part of a sustainability initiative aimed at powering its 670,000-square-foot plant with renewable energy by the end of 2011. Studies show that more consumers are buying sustainable products and the company’s wind project is critical to meeting this demand.

Zotos has been a success story for 80 years. Founded in 1929 as a manufacturer of permanent hair dyes, Zotos is currently owned by Shiseido Americas Corp. and has more than 360 full-time employees and 310 flex-time employees at its Geneva, Ontario County, plant.

Zotos has invested $30 million at its Geneva plant in just the past three and a half years.

 

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