General Motors Partners With DTE On 800 kW Solar Array
General Motors announced a new 800 kW solar project at its Warren Transmission plant, which will be the largest installation in Michigan.
Earlier, GM set a goal of 125 MW by 2020, so the 800 kW is another step in the longer journey, which as of today stands at 46 MW.
To achieve the goal by the end of 2020, GM would need to add, on average, more than 1 MW a month.
Warren Transmission plant is also the place supplying the drive units for the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
“The 2,800 solar panels will generate clean electricity that will go back to the grid. DTE Energy will own the array on 4.25 acres of land leased from GM.”
“The solar array will generate approximately 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the energy equivalent to powering the annual electricity needs of about 135 homes in southeast Michigan.”
“In addition to the solar array, Warren Transmission recently met the EPA ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by reducing the energy intensity of the facility by 12.3 percent in just two years. The facility is also landfill-free, meaning it reuses, recycles or converts to energy all waste from daily operations.”
Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy said:
“By supporting this project and making renewable energy commitments globaly, we will surpass our goal to promote 125 megawatts of clean power by 2020. This new array, along with our solar array at the nearby GM Technical Center in Warren, makes GM’s commitment to clean energy visible to the Warren community.”
Irene Dimitry, vice president of business and development for DTE Energy said:
“DTE is proud to be the state’s largest investor in solar and wind. The GM Transmission partnership is part of a broader, long-term plan to move us toward a cleaner, more diversified energy portfolio.”