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General Motors installs 8.15 MW solar array in Germany

Sep 03, 2012

Continuing its responsible business agenda to become a company that is energy-friendly, car maker General Motors recently went ahead and installed a massive instalment of solar array in Germany, one that is equivalent to 32 football fields in size.

General Motors (GM) has certainly made a name for itself beyond “car manufacturer."  In more recent years, the international company has dedicated itself to the pursuit of renewable energy and efficiency research and applications with products such as the Chevy Volt, 100 landfill-free facilities, a 32 per cent reduction in water consumption, and its commitment to doubling its solar power output to 60 megawatts by 2015.

And now, the company’s newest success is the installment of an 8.15 MW solar array on the rooftop of one of its Adam Opel AG plants in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The array is one of the largest installations in Europe with an area equivalent to 32 soccer fields and will produce up to 7.3 million kWH of energy annually. This array will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by about 3,150 tons each year, which is equal to the annual amount of carbon isolated by 609 acres of pine forests. Together with GM’s other solar arrays in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Zaragoza, Spain, this array will allow the company to produce 19.1 million kWh of electricity a year, the equivalent to the avoidance of 8,200 tons of CO2 emissions–the same amount needed to supply 5,800 household with their annual electricity needs.

But GM is not the only one to benefit. While solar electricity produced at Rüsselsheim feeds directly into the grid of the plant and is used in vehicle production, the excess solar power is fed into the public grid of German energy company Stadtwerke Mainz and hence to Rüsselsheim itself. In other words, not one photon of sunlight will go to waste.

With the indisputable success of the new array, General Motors has upped the ante by increasing its solar output goals. Originally aiming to reach 60 MW by 2015, GM’s new goal is to increase its renewable power target to 125 MW by 2020.

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SOURCE: TriplePundit

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