September 17, 2007

GM to install one of largest solar power systems in the U.S.

Fontana, California – General Motors has announced it is adding one of the largest solar panel installations in corporate use in the U.S. to the roof of its Service and Parts Operations warehouse in Fontana, California. The system will provide about half the electricity needed to run the facility, and will feed enough extra electricity back to the grid to power over 300 California homes for a year.

The solar array will be installed on GM’s 300,000-square-foot warehouse facility and will become operational in December. The company has a similar-sized solar installation at another Service and Parts Operations warehouse in nearby Rancho Cucamonga.

The system is being designed and built by Constellation Energy and Project Services, who will own and operate it, and sell the electricity to GM through a long-term contract. GM estimates that the system, which will generate about 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 355 metric tons and reduce electricity costs by about 10 per cent annually.

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