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Mars invests in sustainable energy
April 30th, 2014
MCLEAN, Va. – Mars Inc. is partnering with Sumitomo Corp. of America to build a massive wind farm that will generate enough renewable energy credits to offset the energy use of Mars' entire U.S. operations, which involves 70 sites, including 37 factories.
Mesquite Creek Wind, a 118-turbine wind farm, was jointly developed by Sumitomo and BNB Renewable Energy. It is based near Lamesa, Texas, with a footprint of 25,000 acres.
The wind farm is one of the ways Mars is achieving its goal to make its operations "sustainable in a generation," by eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Mars has also committed to reducing its fossil fuel energy and greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2015, using 2007 as its baseline year. The Mesquite Creek wind farm will enable Mars to meet this 2015 goal.
Sumitomo and Mars have reached contractual arrangements that allow Mars to receive all the renewable energy certificates from Mesquite Creek, offsetting the energy use for Mars’ entire U.S. facilities.
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