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Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M
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Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

One of the biggest names in candy unwrapped a new green way to power its factory.

Mars Chocolate North America showed off the new solar garden for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson Thursday. The garden is acres of solar panels that generate enough energy to power the factory in peak hours. The solar garden features more than 2,000 ground-mounted solar panels on 4.4 acres of land behind the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The change to green energy offsets 825 tons of greenhouse gas every year, which is like taking 113 cars off the road.

“Turning one of the desert’s greatest assets into energy is in complete alignment with Mars’ Principles in Action, our core business values,” said Mack Phillips, site director of the Henderson plant.  “Two years ago we unveiled a similar solar project at our North American headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ, and its impact on our operations has been substantial.”

The vice president of supply at Mars Chocolate says the new garden is part of an effort by the company to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2040. The Ethel M facility is also home to a cactus garden that features some of the beautiful low-water plants that grow in the Desert Southwest.

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