GM Adding 4.25-Acre Solar Array to Warren Transmission
General Motors announced on Monday that it will be partnering with DTE Energy to build a new 800-kilowatt solar array for its Warren Transmission plant. The array, which will cover 4.25 acres of GM-leased land and consisting of 2,800 different solar panels, will be GM’s largest solar installation in all of Michigan.
GM says that the array will generate 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, or approximately enough energy to power 135 average homes in Michigan. Generating this power through renewable energy will likely save tremendously in terms of emissions.
“By supporting this project and making renewable energy commitments globally, we will surpass our goal to promote 125 megawatts of clean power by 2020,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “This new array, along with our solar array at the nearby GM Technical Center in Warren, makes GM’s commitment to clean energy visible to the Warren community.
Warren Transmission also recently passed the EPA ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by cutting energy intensity by just over 12% in two years’ time. Warren Transmission is also a zero-to-landfill facility, and it will be responsible for building the electric drive unit for the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt.
At present GM pulls more than 46 megawatts of solar power annually from 19 facilities around the globe.