General Motors’ Changwon (Korea) Assembly plant, home of the brand new Chevrolet Spark and Spark EV, has reached an agreement with renewable energy company KC Cottrell to build a three-megawatt solar installation on the plant’s rooftop.
When operational, it will provide the equivalent energy needed to provide electricity to 1,200 homes in South Korea for one year. This is the same as powering 221 homes in the United States for one year.
This array will be the fourth-largest in our solar energy portfolio, joining our plants in Germany and Spain that house large solar capacities on their rooftops.—Rob Threlkeld, GM’s manager of renewable energy
When running at full capacity, the installation will generate enough solar energy to cut carbon emissions at the facility by 2,400 metric tons per year. The array is expected to go into service in the third quarter of 2013.
GM has more than 33 megawatts of solar energy installed at its global facilities.
Changwon Assembly also recently met the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry by reducing its energy intensity by 10% in two years.