Everything GM does in Indiana and Ohio will soon be powered by wind.
Plants that build the Chevrolet Cruze, and the Silverado and GMC Sierra twins will meet all their electricity needs through 100 percent renewable energy. GM will buy a total of 200 megawatts of wind energy from Ohio and Illinois wind farms once the turbines come online by the end of 2018.
“Congratulations to GM on this huge progress leap – a fantastic show of commitment at Climate Week NYC, and all achieved in just a year since the company joined RE100,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group. “GM vocally champions the compelling business case for renewables and shares learnings with other companies. It shows other companies what’s possible.”
The new wind deals will power Fort Wayne Assembly, Marion Metal Center and Bedford Casting plants in Indiana, and Lordstown Assembly, Defiance Casting Operations, Parma Metal Center and Toledo Transmission plants in Ohio. GM will be the sole user of the Northwest Ohio Windfarm, a 100 MW project owned by Starwood Energy Group. Swift Current Energy will provide 100 MW from its HillTopper Wind Project in Logan County, Illinois.
This isn’t the first time the company has turned to wind power. GM made its first wind purchase in 2014 for several of its Mexican facilities which followed by several more smaller deals in Texas. The company uses solar power at 26 facilities and generates electricity from landfill gas at two assembly plants as it aims to power its entire global operation with renewable energy by 2050.
A version of this story originally appeared on GM Inside News
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