GM Adds World's Largest Rooftop Solar System

Lowering emissions on cars and reducing power usage in their plants

According to the Fox Translator, GM (General Motors) is adding the world's largest rooftop solar voltaic power installation on their car assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, it will cover 2,000,000 sq. ft. of roof space and consist of 85,000 solar panels.

When it is fully operational, it will generate 12 megawatts of power at its highest output. In a year's time, it will be able to generate about 15.1 million kWh, which is enough to power 4,575 houses, which use 3,300 kWh annually in Spain.

GM already has two of the largest solar power installations on the roofs of their Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, California parts warehouses. The solar panels provide about 50% of the electricity to the facility.

"As we develop new solutions in vehicle propulsion to reduce carbon emissions, we are also making significant progress in reducing the impact our facilities have on the environment," said Elizabeth A Lowery, GM vice president, Environment, Energy, and Safety Policy. "Our commitment to expanding the usage of renewable energy sources is part of our coordinated global effort to reduce energy, water consumption, waste and CO2 emissions."



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