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GM Arlington Assembly Adding 15 Wind Turbines

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General Motors’ Arlington Assembly plant will soon be able to

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General Motors is adding 15 wind turbines to its Arlington Assembly plant that will be able to generate up to 30 megawatts of energy per year. That’s enough power to cover the manufacturing of 125,000 trucks over the course of a year, as well as enough to save $2.8 million in annual energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions by 1 million tons over the course of 14 years.

Arlington Assembly builds 1,200-plus vehicles on a daily basis, including the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon XLCadillac Escalade, and Escalade ESV.

The addition of the wind turbines is the result of a power purchase agreement signed with EDP Renewables North America, which is a subsidiary of EDP Renovaveis. The 261-foot-tall turbines that GM will utilize for power will be located at the Hidalgo Wind Farm in Edinburg, Texas.

“Our investment is helping accelerate the proliferation of clean energy in Texas and the use of wind as a reliable, renewable source of energy,” said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “Our sustainable manufacturing mindset benefits the communities in which we operate across the globe.”

GM will also be adding wind power to three of its facilities in Mexico during the first quarter of 2016.