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Lego Invests $539m in Wind Farm; Mars Opens 4.4 Acre Solar Garden

The Lego parent company Kirkbi A/S is investing about $539 million for a 32 percent stake in a wind farm project off the German coast, as it aims for a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Dong Energy will build Borkum Riffgrund 1, a 277 MW wind farm consisting of 77 3.6 MW turbines from Siemens Wind Power. Dong will manage operation and maintenance of the farm for 15 years, in its first investment agreement with the private sector, the company said.

Dong Energy also is behind the world’s biggest offshore wind project, the $1.5 billion, 367 MW Walney Farm in the Irish Sea.

Work on the Lego project will begin in 2013, with the farm supplying some power by 2014, and completion scheduled in 2015. The contract calls for the right to generate power for the next 25 years. So far, it is the largest renewable energy investment by a Danish company, the Lego Group said.

The Oticon Foundation, a commercial foundation under the management of William Demant Invest (WDI), has joined with Kirkbi on the investment. The two companies will control a 50 percent share of the project, Dong Energy said.

Meanwhile, Mars Chocolate North America has opened a new solar garden at its Henderson, Nev., chocolate factory. It is the second solar PV project built by Juwi Solar on Mars-owned property, the companies said.

The Ethel M factory solar garden features 2,112 ground-mounted solar panels on 4.4 acres, and is the largest solar installation by a food manufacturer in Nevada, Mars said. The installation will generate 1,258 MWh of electricity a year, offsetting 867 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the company said.

The solar array provides 100 percent of the electrical energy to the chocolate plant during peak operating hours, Mars said.

Mars will purchase all of the generated energy, and JSI will own the project and its associated energy credits.

Photo: The LEGO Group

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One thought on “Lego Invests $539m in Wind Farm; Mars Opens 4.4 Acre Solar Garden

  1. How all this cannot end in tears is beyond me.

    Western economic productivity is falling and we’re compounding it with more expensive, capital intensive and unreliable sources of power.

    Just does not make any sense.

    At some point the productivity boggey man is going to catch up with these in-efficiency’s being built in to the economy.

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