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GM adding 400,000 kWh of solar generation at 2 Michigan facilities

Installations at processing centre in Swartz Creek, Mich., engine plant in Flint, Mich., bring global solar capacity to 38 megawatts

DETROIT—General Motors Co. (GM) is adding a combined three acres of solar arrays across two Michigan facilities as the automaker cements its commitment to running its facilities on renewable energy.

The company’s processing centre in Swartz Creek, Mich., home to warehousing and distribution, and its engine plant in Flint, Mich., will each feature 150-kilowatt ground-mounted solar arrays, generating a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually.

When complete this fall, GM will have more than 38 megawatts of solar generation capacity at 13 facilities around the world, and more than 60 megawatts of total renewable energy globally when combined with its landfill gas and biomass installations.

The new solar installations come as GM looks to achieve its goal of boosting its renewable energy use to 125 megawatts around the world by 2020.

“Ever since our first solar array in 2006, GM has realized the benefits of renewable energy,” Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global renewable energy manager, said in a statement.

“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.”

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