GM Baltimore Operations builds upon its environmental achievements with the addition of 580 kilowatts of solar, a 15.5 percent reduction in energy intensity and LEED Silver Certification at its e-Motor building, where the Chevrolet Spark electric drive motor is built.

GM Baltimore Operations builds upon its environmental achievements with the addition of 580 kilowatts of solar, a 15.5 percent reduction in energy intensity and LEED Silver Certification at its e-Motor building, where the Chevrolet Spark electric drive motor is built.

Chevrolet Spark EV had an interesting Spring with a sales record, extension of sales into Maryland and now a more green manufacturing facility for its drivetrain.

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.”

Three Chevrolet Spark EVs on display Monday, May 18, 2015 the General Motors Baltimore Operations complex, where the Spark EV electric motors and drive units are being manufactured under a rooftop solar array in a newly LEED Silver-certified building in White Marsh, Maryland. Environmental upgrades as the solar array, LED exterior lighting and compact fluorescent lighting in production areas have been installed. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)

Three Chevrolet Spark EVs on display Monday, May 18, 2015 the General Motors Baltimore Operations complex, where the Spark EV electric motors and drive units are being manufactured under a rooftop solar array in a newly LEED Silver-certified building in White Marsh, Maryland. Environmental upgrades as the solar array, LED exterior lighting and compact fluorescent lighting in production areas have been installed. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)

A 580 kilowatt solar array was recently added to the roof of Baltimore Operation’s e-Motor building, where electric motors and drive units for the Chevrolet Spark EV are built. This new array is made up of approximately 2,420 panels and covers 87 percent of the e-Motor building’s roof.

A 580 kilowatt solar array was recently added to the roof of Baltimore Operation’s e-Motor building, where electric motors and drive units for the Chevrolet Spark EV are built. This new array is made up of approximately 2,420 panels and covers 87 percent of the e-Motor building’s roof.

Hat tip to CJP!