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Exton firm plans wind-electric plants for Mars Inc.

BNB, Sumitomo plan

Mars Inc., the McLean, Va. company that makes Snickers bars, Skittles candies, Altoids mints, Uncle Ben's rice and other branded foods, says it has made a deal with Exton-based BNB Renewable Energy and Sumitomo Corp. of Americas to build a 200 MW windfarm that will reduce the "carbon footprint" of Mars' U.S. operations. Mars operates 70 facilities, including plants and offices, employing 25,000. Statement here.

The 118-turbine Mesquite Creek Wind farm, on 25,000 acres near Lamesa, Texas, is designed to offset Mars' use of carbon-based fuels, the company said in this statement. BNB, a partnership including members of suburban Philadelphia's Butcher family, former owners of the Butcher & Singer investment company, initiated the joint venture talks. BNB says it has also been developing alternative-energy plants for Campbell Soup and other companies.