The State Energy Program Helps Promote that Bigger IS Better in Euclid, Ohio

July 25, 2012

Illustration of several monuments, labeled 'How Tall is the Wind Tower?  See how it measures up with some well known structures.'  The image includes the Lincoln Wind Tower, 443 feet; an average wind tower, 150 feet; the Terminal Tower Building, 708 feet; the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, 630 feet; the Leaning Tower of Pisa, 183 feet; the Washington Monument, 555 feet; and the Statue of Liberty, 305 feet.

Compare how Lincoln Electric's wind tower -- the largest capacity wind turbine in Ohio -- measures up to well-known structures from around the world. | Graphic courtesy of Lincoln Electric.

Using Recovery Act funds from the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP), Ohio-based Lincoln Electric installed the largest capacity wind turbine in the state in June 2011. Measuring 443 feet tall and capable of generating 2.5 MW of electrical energy, the wind turbine serves as an onsite, utility-scale demonstration project. For a company that is internationally recognized as the world’s largest manufacturer for its welding, cutting, and joining products including components used in wind tower fabrication, it’s only appropriate that Lincoln Electric would have a wind tower installed at its Euclid manufacturing facility.

Designed as a multi-phase plan in partnership with wind turbine manufacturer Kenersys, project planning began in 2009. Subsequent plans include additional wind towers and creating a wind turbine production facility in the United States. The wind tower currently supplies Lincoln Electric with approximately 10 percent of its annual energy costs. Estimated to produce more than 6,000,000 kWh of electricity annually, the wind tower will lower the company’s annual electric costs by approximately $500,000. It will also reduce CO2 emissions by more than 8,000,000 pounds per year -- the same as removing 865 cars from U.S. roadways.  

Watch a video capturing the dedication of Lincoln Electric's wind tower.