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GM Assembly Plants Going Solar

20/05/2011

General Motors has taken a number of significant steps to make their vehicles greener, and they are doing similar things with their manufacturing plants, as well. This week, the company has made two announcements about using rooftop solar arrays to power its manufacturing facilities.

The DetroitHamtramck plant, which produces the Chevy Volt, will be having a 516 kilowatt solar array installed on six acres of land on the south side of the plant as part of a cooperative venture with the local electrical utility company, DTE. Using power from the solar array is expected to save GM $15,000 per year.

At the same time, a new plant under construction in Maryland to produce electric motors will have nine percent of its power provided by a 1.23 megawatt rooftop solar array. The plant, which should open in 2013, also produces heavy-duty and hybrid transmissions.

Although these aren’t total green transformations, bear in mind that these are large, industrial manufacturing plants. Reducing the electrical power demand by nearly 10 percent is a significant step, even if the percentage seems small in comparison to other kinds of projects.

image via: Chevrolet Voltage

via: Solar Thermal Magazine

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