Ballarat Mars factory installs enough solar panels for 90 houses

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.