McLean, VA — Wind farms will supply Mars, Inc.’s electricity needs for its 70 U.S. sites, including 37 factories, according to the company.
Mars reports the commitment is the largest renewable energy program of any U.S. food manufacturer. The utility will be provided by a Mesquite Creek Wind, a 118-turbine wind farm developed by Sumitomo Corp. of America and BNB Renewable Energy.
As part of the pledge, the candymaker will receive all the renewable energy certificates from Mesquite Creek, offsetting the energy use for Mars’ entire U.S. facilities.
The initiative is part of the company’s goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. In addition, Mars has committed to reducing fossil fuel energy and greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by next year.
Mars’ Chief Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin says: “We are committed to doing our part to limit climate change. We are therefore delighted to be announcing this major renewable project that takes us a big step towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral in our operations. This is an innovative approach that makes great business and environmental sense.”
The company reports commercial operation of the wind farm, located in Dawson Counties, TX, is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2015. The renewable energy source will be able to produce 800,000-megawatt hours, or enough to power 61,000 U.S. households.