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General Motors announced September 14 that it is adding one of the largest solar power installations in corporate use in the
This new array continues the automaker’s leadership in both the use of solar energy and in innovative business arrangements that blur old distinctions between energy user and energy supplier.
Constellation Energy and Project Services has partnered with GM and will design, build, own, and operate the
“At General Motors we understand that good environmental decisions are good business decisions and solar energy is a perfect example of this,” said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “The new solar arrays on our rooftops are reducing our energy costs and carbon footprint, while providing green energy to the community.”
General Motors estimates that the solar array at its SPO facility in
“Reducing overall cost is important to our business” said Charlie Hyndman, GM SPO general director of Warehousing and Distribution. “The solar panels in
The system will generate about 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, about the amount needed to power 500 homes for one year. Electricity generated by the solar array not used by the GM facility will be fed back to the grid for sale to other area residents and businesses. During spring and fall, which are periods of high sunshine combined with low air conditioning needs, the system will generate extra electricity for the grid.
“As a member of WRI’s Green Power Market Development Group, GM has been a valuable partner in demonstrating the business case for using renewable energy. GM is one of the leading users of solar electricity in both the
General Motors partners in the project are United Solar Ovonic, which manufacturers the thin film solar laminates used in the system; Developing Energy Efficient Roof Systems (DEERS), and Constellation Energy and Product Services.
Subhendu Guha, president and chief operating officer of United Solar Ovonic, said: “This is our second installation for GM after the 1-megawatt solar installation in
General Motors is one of the largest users of renewable energy in the
"Today’s announcement links to GM's larger advanced technology strategy that supports the use of alternative energy for our vehicles,” said Lowery. “GM believes alternative energy sources that reduce dependency on oil and advanced technologies that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions are keys to developing sustainable transportation. GM continues to improve the internal combustion engine with advanced technologies and the use of alternative fuels like ethanol. GM is also committed to producing electrically-propelled vehicles that help diversify energy sources, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.”