Published on November 18th, 2016 | by Joshua S Hill0
GM Makes Largest Green Energy Purchase To Date
November 18th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill
General Motors announced its largest green energy purchase to date this week, acquiring 50 MW of wind power as the equivalent of the company’s electricity needs at 16 of its US facilities.
General Motors, or simply GM, announced on Wednesday that it had signed an agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a global renewable energy and energy storage development and construction company, to purchase 50 MW of wind power produced at the 150 MW Cactus Flats wind farm being developed by RES in Concho County, Texas. The 50 MW will serve as the equivalent electricity to power 16 of the company’s facilities, including its business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, as well as 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River.
The contract will begin in the first half of 2018, and will increase GM’s global use of renewable energy to 6%. GM claims that, by this time, the company will host 114 MW of wind power, on top of the current 24 solar installations it has around the world, making it the leading automotive user of solar energy in the US.
“GM’s commitment to renewable energy is helping transform the way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed around the world, and we’re doing it in a way that makes our company and communities stronger,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of Renewable Energy. “These renewable energy investments drive down greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our dependence on finite resources, and help keep our air and water clean.
“Investing in Texas wind energy is an important step on a journey that will see clean, renewable sources account for 100 percent of GM’s global energy footprint by 2050.”
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