Wind will be the energy source for two of Volkswagen’s factories in Mexico. That is, if all goes through as planned. Spanish turbine maker Gamesa agreed last week to build a 130 MW wind farm to power these two VW sites. Is this part of Volkswagen’s comeback after the diesel scandal?
Dignity may be hard to restore, but as Business Green notes, this is “a breath of fresh air.”
Continuing with the information, Gamesa reports that the installation will include 65 of its 2-megawatt (MW) turbines, and it is expected to be completed by the last month of 2016.
The La Bufa wind farm in Mexico will be exclusively for Volkswagen, and the generated electricity will be for Volkswagen’s Puebla and Silao factories. Continuing upkeep of the site will be the responsibility of the turbine company, Gamesa.
As one of the largest auto factories owned by the VW group, this is particularly good news. The future of the factories’ output is still a bit in limbo, though. “In the wake of the emissions scandal — which saw VW lose 40 percent of its market value after US authorities revealed it had been cheating emissions tests — the carmaker was forced to cut shifts at the factory,” Business Green notes.
Getting back to sustainability as a whole, it’s a topic VW has reportedly been quite focused on… even if not always with its own products. “According to VW’s latest Sustainability Report, the firm aims to cut its energy use and water consumption by 25 per cent by 2018, compared to a 2010 baseline. To meet this goal Volkswagen said it will invest €600m in renewable energy between 2012 and 2020.”
Controversy subsides and Volkswagen moves on. Here’s another example: VW Electric Microbus To Debut At CES.
Image by Gamesa
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