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Grupo Bimbo Announces Construction of the Largest Wind Farm in the World for Food Industry

02 Dec 2010

With an installed power of 90 megawatts ,

the farm will be able to supply the electric power consumed by 65 of the company's facilities

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ Today, Daniel Servitje, Grupo Bimbo CEO, accompanied by the Secretary of Energy, Dr. Georgina Kessel, Senior Managers of the Comision Federal de Electricidad (Federal Commission for Electric Power), and the Energy Regulation Commission and with the presence of Officials from the Government of the State of Oaxaca, announced the start of the Piedra Larga wind farm construction work.

When completed it will generate almost 100 percent of the electrical power consumed by Grupo Bimbo in Mexico. With an installed power of 90 megawatts , the farm will be able to supply the electric power consumed by 65 of the company's facilities (production plants and other operation centers). Grupo Bimbo has also invited Grupo Calidra, Frialsa Frigorificos and Papalote Museo del Nino to participate in the project.

The wind farm will be located in Union Hidalgo, State of Oaxaca. It was made possible thanks to the strategic alliance fostered by the Government of Mexico, the private sector and banks. The operation of the wind farm will be possible through the partnership of Grupo Bimbo with DEMEX (Mexican Wind Farm Developments), an affiliate of the Spanish company Renovalia Energy.

Grupo Bimbo has focused its attention on the implementation of wind energy to comply with the group's permanent commitment to the environment and to the well-being of future generations. "The construction of this wind farm is the cornerstone in our effort to continue growing with nature's force; making us the first company in the food industry to make this great change to use renewable energy sources," said Mr. Servitje. "It represents an unprecedented effort in the use of renewable, clean and virtually endless energy: The green energy," Mr. Servitje added.