General Motors is introducing a solar charging canopy that moves with the sun. The Tracking Solar Tree is located at GM Company Vehicle Operations in Warren, Michigan.
|Chevy Volts beneath the Solar Tree. Click to enlarge.|
The Tracking Solar Tree, built by Envision Solar, features a hybrid multi-axis tracking design which enables the entire canopy to track the sun, increasing renewable energy production by about 25%. This structure will produce up to 30,000 kWh per year and provide enough solar energy to charge six electric vehicles per day.
We are constantly looking for places where we can add a renewable focus. This solar tree is an ideal addition because not only does it provide a space to charge our electric vehicles, but it’s another step in our journey toward cleaner energy use.—Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy
GM derives energy for manufacturing operations from solar, hydro, and landfill gas resources. In the United States, 1.4% of GM energy consumption comes from renewable resources.