Solar Down Under: Mars Australia to Run on 100% Solar Energy by 2020

(Photo Credit: Mars Australia on Facebook)

Mars Inc., the global candy purveyor, has announced that its Australian operations will be powered by 100% solar energy by 2020.

The company signed a PPA with renewable energy company Total Eren for the 200 MW Kiamal Solar Farm in Victoria. The solar farm will provide electricity to match the power needs of its six Australian factories as well as two sales offices.

According to theclimategroup.com, the company is already using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover all of its operations in Belgium, Brazil, Lithuania, the UK and the US.Mars, Inc. is also a member of RE100, a group of global companies committed to 100% renewable power.

Mars’s announcement comes at a time when high energy prices in Australia have made headlines and become cost-prohibitive for some businesses in the region.

This isn’t Mars’s first foray into energy efficient initiatives. In September 2017 the company’s candy brand, M&M’s, launched a massive campaign to promote wind energy. Aimed at consumers, the “Fans of Wind” campaign is part of a $1 billion investment by Mars to address urgent global threats, including climate change.

In the campaign, red and yellow M&M’s “spokescandies” invite consumers to become fans of wind power. “Fans of Wind energy helps shine a light on one reason why everyone should care about wind energy: because climate change is real and businesses need to be a part of the solution,”

Mars aims to reduce greenhouse gasses by 67% across its entire supply chain by 2040.

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