Zaragoza, Spain – General Motors will add the world’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant in Figueruelas in Zaragoza, Spain. When the project is completed this fall, the installation will cover about two million square feet and comprise about 85,000 solar panels.
When fully operational, the Zaragoza solar installation will generate about 12 megawatts of power at its highest output. It will generate about 15.1 million kWh of power annually, equivalent to the demand of 4,575 average households in Spain.
GM currently has two of the largest solar power installations in the U.S. on the roofs of its parts warehouses in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, California. The panels provide about 50 per cent of the Rancho Cucamonga facility’s electrical needs.
“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 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.”
On the Zaragoza project, GM has partnered with Clairvoyant Energy, Veolia Environmental and the Government of Aragon to develop the project. GM will lease the roof space to Clairvoyant Energy and Veolia Environment, which will build, own and operate the rooftop solar installation. The project reduces GM’s costs while providing “green” energy to the local community’s power grid.