Mars bars go green as manufacturer plugs into Victoria’s biggest solar farm

“As a business, we have a responsibility – and opportunity – to improve our impact on the planet. Australia, as a nation, is currently one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gas per capita globally, with electricity generation being a major contributor,” Mr Heague said.

REenergise campaign director Lindsay Soutar from Greenpeace Australia Pacific said Mars was leading the field in the Australian corporate renewable energy race, which now counts Woolworths, ALDI and Bunnings among those who have a commitment to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2025.

The Kiamal Solar Farm has an eventual grid output of 200MW and spans over 4.6km2, featuring 718,000 solar panels 

“The Mars power purchase deal with Kiamal Solar Farm has seen the company become one of the first major food and drink companies in Australia to be entirely powered by the sun.

“By making a major investment in solar power, Mars is driving down greenhouse gas emissions – and, to sweeten the deal, they’re helping to create clean energy jobs and investment for Western Victoria.”

Michael Vawser, Asia Pacific regional director of Total Eren, said the farm is also backed by Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Alinta Energy, FlowPower, and Zero Emissions Water and Origin Energy.