February 2009 - Dow Corning Corporation, a leading provider of materials to the solar and wind energy industries, announced an agreement to purchase more than 14 million kWh of Green-e certified wind energy through Consumers Energy’s Green Generation program, making it the largest participant in the program. The purchase was equivalent to nearly 100% of the electricity needs of Dow Corning’s Corporate Headquarters in Midland, Michigan, a site with more than 1100 employees and home to the company’s global research and development center. Power for Consumers Energy’s Green Generation program is derived from wind projects located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, including John Deere Renewable Energy’s Michigan Wind Park I and two wind turbines near Mackinaw City.
Dow Corning also announced that it is investigating the installation of a solar array at its corporate headquarters. In addition to generating power, solar panels at the site would be used to test products, and to demonstrate the potential of alternative energy to area students and the general public. In 2006, the company, together with its joint venture, Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation, donated 168 solar panels for Dow Diamond, a minor league baseball stadium in Midland, Michigan.
News Release - Dow Corning Announces One of the Largest Private Purchases of Renewable Energy in Michigan