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Volkswagen de Mexico plans to power two automotive and engine plants with the output from a nearby 180 MW wind farm being planned in La Bufa, in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

The automaker and Mexico Power Group signed an agreement for the yearly supply of 290 GWh of renewable energy, which, according to Volkswagen, will supply 60% of power requirements at the factories beginning in September 2014.

Volkswagen notes that the initiative is part of its "Think Blue" factory strategy, which calls for a 25% reduction of its global environmental footprint by 2018. In addition to energy savings and the reduction of the CO2 generated in its production processes, the company intends to reduce water consumption, emissions and industrial wastes.

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