General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has launched a 1.8-megawatt rooftop solar array at their Toledo Transmission plant in Ohio, which will be completed next month. The solar array will generate almost 3% of their overall electricity consumption and it is the largest rooftop array in Ohio. The energy generated will be enough to power 200 homes in the U.S.
?Having 21,000 solar panels on Toledo?s roof is a great visual representation of our commitment to renewable energy,? stated Rob Threlkeld, GM’s manager of renewable energy. ?It proves to our employees and the people who live in and around Toledo that clean energy plays a significant role in the building of our vehicles.?
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) also was recognized by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as a “Solar Champion” during their annual awards luncheon at the Solar Power International 2013 conference in Chicago.
At the end of this year, GM will have over 40 megawatts of solar energy installed at their facilities across the world with two of the five largest rooftop solar arrays in the world at their Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Germany and its Zaragoza Assembly plant in Spain.
GM’s global solar footprint is equal to the size of 100 American football fields (about 10,000 yards).
Nine of GM’s facilities have solar EV charging canopies on their grounds for employees and visitors to use to charge electric vehicles. GM has 395 workplace charging stations at facilities across the U.S. and has provided 4,300 electric vehicle charging stations to dealers.