Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Because GM needs some good news, here it is

The arrow points to where the solar array will be at the Lordstown facility
 In an attempt to be one of the most green automakers today, GM is working on installing a solar panel array at it's Lordstown, Ohio facility. The array will be a 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted array is said to be completed by the end of the year. When it is finished, it is reported to be GM's largest solar array installation in the Western Hemisphere.

     The energy that will eventually be produced by the array will be enough to power 1.5% of the facility, and will help eliminate almost 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the air. That is the equivalent of about 1,600 acres of U.S. forests in one year. While that 1.5% number does seem very small, any number is a certain step in the right direction.

An aerial view of the Lordstown facility
     Easily seen from the Ohio Turnpike, the array will stand as a strong, very strong messege that GM is committed to the use of solar, and other green sources of energy.

     This announcement comes almost a year after GM announced the completion of the 1.8 megawatt solar array on the rooftop of GM's Toledo Transmission facility, in Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo array is currently the largest in the state, producing reportedly enough energy to power about 150 homes in the U. S. for a year. I don't think this really needs to be said, but when the Lordstown array is complete, it will also be the largest in the state.

The array at the Toldeo Transmission facility
 With the completion of the Lordstown array, GM is on track to meet their own goal of 125 megawatts of renewable energy produced by the end of 2015. For more information on GM's commitment to bettering the environment, visit their environmental blog.

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