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The new wind farm at Dzilam de Bravo on the Yucatan coast. Photo: Getty

The new wind farm in Dzilam de Bravo is selling some of its energy to some candy factories that make some of the world’s favorite sweets.

Wind power will operate Mars Inc.’s six confectionery and pet food facilities, cutting 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 – and ideally 100 percent by 2040, Confectionary News reports.

Mars is the Virginia-based corporation that produces M&Ms, Skittles, Orbit gum as well as Turin, the Mexican chocolate maker.

Connecting its facilities to the new complex on the Yucatan Gulf coast, Mars signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with Vive Energía​, a regional clean energy provider, and Envision Energy, a Chinese wind-turbine technology firm.

According to Mars, the company already sources 53 percent of its energy from renewables in 10 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Austria, Belgium and France.

“Mars is thrilled to be flipping the switch to wind energy,”​ said Eduardo González, manufacturing director for Mars Latin America.

Amy Davidsen of The Climate Group, a nonprofit pushing businesses to combat climate change, was supportive of the deal.

“We are excited to learn of this new project in Yucatan, Mexico, a state government committed to reducing its emissions as part of the Under2 Coalition,” said Davidsen. “Companies and local governments can work together to build renewable energy capacity, accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, and tackle climate change.”​

Source: Confectionary News

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