GM Ranked No. 1 for US Solar Energy Use
General Motors was ranked number one among automakers in terms of its use of solar energy in the United states in the annual Solar Means Business report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The honor comes as GM prepares to break ground on an 850-kilowatt solar array at its Bowling Green Assembly plant.
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According to GM, the Bowling Green array will be the largest solar installation of its kind for any automaker in Kentucky. It is estimated that the solar array will generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, or roughly the amount of energy necessary to produce 850 Corvettes.
“Corvette customers are passionate about their vehicles because of their design, technology and precision performance,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “Offering them a product that is partially built using green energy will be another proof point that they’re driving a true supercar.”
GM has pledged to add more than 2 megawatts of additional solar power to its facilities over the next several months. This includes a 466-kilowatt array at Rochester Operations and an 800-kilowatt array at Warren Transmission. In total, the company’s solar arrays will generate 11.4 megawatts across 16 facilities in the United States alone and 48 megawatts at 22 facilities worldwide.
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