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Duke Energy Renewables acquires 50-percent stake in Mesquite Creek Wind

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Duke Energy Renewables has acquired a 50-percent stake in Mesquite Creek Wind, a 211-MW wind power project near Lamesa, Texas, through its joint venture partnership with Sumitomo Corp. of Americas.

The acquisition increases Duke Energy Renewables’ Texas wind capacity to more than 1,200 MW.

Global food manufacturer Mars Inc., best known for its candy products, is purchasing the power and associated renewable energy credits from the wind farm for a 20-year period. The facility began operations in April of this year.

“Mars is an industry leader in using sustainable business practices to meet its customers’ needs,” said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy’s Commercial Portfolio. “We’re proud to partner with Sumitomo to provide emissions-free wind energy to Mars and help them achieve their goal of carbon neutral operations by 2040.”

Mesquite Creek Wind consists of 118 1.7 MW GE wind turbines, enough to provide electricity for Mars’ entire U.S. operations comprised of 70 sites, including 37 factories.

The wind farm is located in Dawson and Borden counties, about eight miles from Lamesa.