Mars makes chocolate with sunlight

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 09:02 AM
posted by rene5432

When people think of chocolate, chances are strong they do not think of renewable electricity. But Mars Chocolate North America, the maker of some of the country's favorite sweets, hopes to change that with the opening of a massive new solar power installation at its Henderson, Nevada, chocolate factor.

Just south of Las Vegas, Henderson provides more than enough sunshine to power the Mars factory, so the company decided to take advantage of the opportunity.

"We are proud of the investments we are making to ensure we are using the earth’s resources responsibly," Mike Wittman, Mars' vice president of supply, said in a statement. "This newest solar garden moves us closer to our goals of eliminating our carbon footprint at our sites by 2040 and using 100 percent renewable energy."

The new solar power system comprises 2,112 ground-mounted solar panels and is capable of producing 1,258 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity each year, or around enough to power 115 homes. The solar power installation is now the biggest in all of Nevada.

Mars has taken another step in encouraging renewable electricity, however, offering the public the opportunity to see the impressive new installation.

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