General Motors Expands Solar Arrays in Flint, Swartz Creek

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General Motors Co. announced today it is increasing its renewable energy use by adding three acres of new solar arrays at two of its Michigan facilities.

“Ever since our first solar array in 2006, GM has realized the benefits of renewable energy,” says Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global renewable energy manager. “Not only does it reduce our emissions and lessen our dependence on petroleum, it makes a statement about the role businesses can play in securing a cleaner energy future.”

The company’s processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint will feature 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays expected to generate a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids — an equivalent to the annual energy use of 25 homes.

After the projects are complete this fall, GM will house more than 38 megawatts of solar power at 13 facilities around the world and more than 60 megawatts of renewable energy globally when combined with its landfill gas and biomass energy use.

The new installations bring GM closer to reaching its goal of increasing renewable energy use globally to 125 megawatts by 2020.

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