More Green M&Ms
Every fifth M&M will now be produced by solar power, after yesterday’s opening of a solar facility in Hackettstown, NJ, next to the headquarters of Mars Chocolate North America.
That’s because the 28,000 solar panels – spread over 18 acres of a formerly vacant lot – are capable of generating about a fifth of the chocolate factory’s requirements. It’s the largest solar facility installed in New Jersey by a food manufacturer, and it is the first project completed by PSEG Solar Source, a subsidiary of PSEG. The project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,000 metric tons, equivalent to removing 190 vehicles from the road each year.
It also supports New Jersey’s clean energy goals, which call for 20 percent of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by the year 2020.
– Suzanne Bopp