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Mexico To Power Up VWs With Wind Energy

By Paul Pajarillo , Dec 31, 2015 12:30 AM EST
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Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica's wind farm will be the power source for two of Volkswagen's Mexican factories. The La Bufa wind farm will be generating electricity exclusively for VW's Silao and Puebla factories.

Wind energy will be the power source of German car manufacturer Volkswagen's factories in Mexico. If all goes well according to plan, former Grupo Auxiliar Metalurgico now known as Gamesa will be building a 130-megawatt wind farm to supply two of Volkswagen's sites.

Rumors have it that this is part of the German carmaker's comeback after the diesel emission scandal. Business Green notes that Volkswagen's dignity might be hard to restore, but the deal with Gamesa is a breath of fresh air.

Gamesa reports that the installation will be including 65 of its two-megawatt turbines to power up the factories. Expectedly, the installation will be complete by December 2016. The Mexican wind farm in La Bufa will be exclusive for Volkswagen. The electricity generated from the wind farm will be powering up the carmaker's factories in Silao and Puebla. Gamesa will be continuing the upkeep of the site and will be responsible for maintenance.

The future of both Puebla and Silao factories may still be in limbo, but as one of the largest car manufacturing facilities owned by the Volkswagen group, this is very good news.

The Business Green website also added that in the wake of the emission scandal, Volkswagen lose 40 percent of its market value in the United States after the US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the VW Group has been cheating on emission tests. In this regard, the VW group had to cut shifts at their factories.

Sustainability as a whole is a topic that Volkswagen would like to get back and focused in doing so with their products. The VW group will be investing €600 million in renewable energy sources to meet its goal by 2020.

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