If you ever had any doubt as to GM’s commitment to the use of solar power, rest assured that the automaker’s current project at the GM Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio, will convince you. By the end of 2014, the home of the Chevy Cruze will become the site of GM’s largest installation of solar panels in the Western Hemisphere with a 2.2 megawatt array.
When the project is complete, 8,500 solar panels will have been placed, powering almost 1.5 percent of the plant and reducing CO2 emissions by 1,993 tons.
A 1.8 megawatt array is already located in Toledo, the state’s largest solar array on a rooftop. The GM Lordstown Complex’s array will be ground-mounted.
“With more solar installations than any other automotive company and the second-highest percentage of solar among all commercial users, GM shows that manufacturing and the use of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand,” said Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association president and CEO.
Resch’s organization named GM a “Solar Champion” in 2013, and its Solar Means Business Report for 2014 listed the automaker as one of the top 25 corporate solar power users for the second year in a row.
We at Wiesner of Huntsville are excited to see what GM’s use of solar power will mean for reduced production costs, which will hopefully translate into reduced vehicle prices for our consumers.