The Mars confectionery factory in Ballarat will save $50,000 a year through the installation of 840 solar panels, according to the company.
Local paper The Courier reports that the installation of the panels – as well as plans to decrease water usage by 42 per cent and cutting greenhouse emissions and electricity usage by a quarter and a fifth respectively – were part of a $6.2 million efficiency program by Mars.
“It is approximately 90 home solar panel installations equivalent,” the company’s acting general manager Duncan Webster told the Courier.
“To the great credit of the company they are undertaking these various initiatives which will see efficiencies achieved very much in a manner that enables them to produce their product in an environmentally friendly fashion,” deputy premier Peter Ryan said yesterday during a site visit.
Mars is investing in a five-year, $52 million program to upgrade its operations. The improvements have been assisted by a $1.5 million Regional Growth Fund grant by the Victorian government.