General Motors has announced that it has joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), joining other renewable energy advocates to support a stronger U.S. solar industry.
Last year, the American automaker was rated as the top automotive solar user in the United States and ranked 13th among other companies that make significant use of solar power in their day-to-day operations. Solar deployment has been an integral part of GM’s global sustainability practices and has several solar installations throughout the U.S.
At its Toledo Ohio Transmission Plant, the 1.8MW rooftop solar array is expected to generate 3 percent of the plant’s electric consumption. The array on the rooftop of GM’s White Marsh plant near Baltimore generates nearly 6 percent of the plant’s electric consumption. Last year, GM’s solar arrays generated enough electricity to power 800 homes and that number is expected to double this year.
“Part of our renewable energy goal as a company involves helping other organizations learn how to successfully implement renewable energy strategies,” said Rob Threlkeld, renewable energy manager for GM. “Joining SEIA enables us to reach a pool of like-minded companies committed to making solar energy a significant energy source.”
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