Chevrolet Spark EV Motor Factory Now Boasts 1.23 MW Solar Array – Video
General Motors Baltimore Operations complex in White Marsh, Maryland, which is producing electric motors and drive units for the Spark EV, recently got a LEED Silver-certificate after installing a lot of solar on its roof.
“The greening of the General Motors Baltimore Operations complex included the addition of 580 kilowatts of solar to the roof of its e-Motor building. Together with a 1.23-megawatt solar array on its grounds, 6 percent of the facility’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Maryland-based Empower Energies installed the solar system.
The U.S. Green Building Council certified the building as LEED Silver for environmental upgrades such as the solar array, installing light-emitting diode, or LED, exterior lighting and using compact fluorescent lighting in production areas.
Employee efforts to further reduce the building’s carbon footprint led to its surpassing the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry, which requires a 10 percent reduction in energy intensity within five years. Baltimore joins 70 achievers in GM, which is the global leader of the challenge.”
Jean Lupinacci, acting director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division, said:
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s plants and buildings is critical to protecting our environment. GM is addressing this in its Baltimore plant by achieving a 15.5 percent reduction in energy intensity and is leading the way by making the buildings where we work, play and learn more efficient.”
Greg Martin, executive director of Global Public Policy, said:
“We believe reducing our environmental footprint is good for the climate and good for our business,” said Martin. “Wherever we can, we are reducing our energy use, powering our plants with renewable energy and conserving resources.”
Plant manager Bill Tiger said:
“We believe the future is electric, and strive to ensure our manufacturing process reflects the clean efficiency of these vehicles. We’re always looking for better ways to power our future.”
Hat tip to CJP!