General Motors Moving Towards Clean Energy Sources

Lawrence AulsThis past year General Motors has been working towards the construction of a 1.8 megawatt solar rooftop that is meant to provide power for its Toledo Transmission plant in Ohio. The solar installation is figured to supply nearly 3 percent of the the plant’s overall need for electricity, which is comparable to about 200 homes in America.

Rob Threlkeld, GM’s head of the renewable energy department, believes that this new project is a great depiction of the organization’s desire to move forward with their renewable energy plans, and find alternative resources to their energy needs. This initiative is a great way for the giant car manufacturer to show to their employees and inhabitants around Toledo that the company is serious about its role in the clean energy trend that is happening around the world.

Their initiatives have earned GM recognition not only from their consumers and employees, but also from the Solar Energy Industries Association, who granted General Motors “Solar Champion”  title during their annual awards meeting in Chicago. SEIA acknowledges organizations and their dedication of moving towards clean energy. In a recent statement SEIA’s CEO said that “we’re especially pleased with the 1.8 MW array in Toledo. This will be a boost to the company and protect our environment.”

GM will continue to improve their solar energy power by adding more panels to their buildings around the world, specifically in Germany and Spain. According to a calculation by GM, their renewable energy footprint is relative to about 100 football fields. In addition to solar panels, General Motors has installed close to 395 charging stations around the United States for employees who drive electric vehicles.

It is beneficial for large manufacturing companies, such as General Motors to invest in renewable energy resources because not only are they contributing to the advancement of renewable energy, but they are also relieving their energy budgets each quarter.

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