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GM completing 2.2MW solar array at Lordstown

General Motors’ new 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014 at its Lordstown Complex, home of the Chevrolet Cruze. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere.

The renewable energy produced by the array is enough to power nearly 1.5% of the plant. This announcement comes nearly one year after announcing completion of the 1.8 megawatt solar array on the rooftop of GM’s Toledo Transmission facility, also in Ohio. That array is the largest rooftop array in the state, producing enough energy to power 149 homes in the United States for a year.

With more solar installations than any other automotive company and the second-highest percentage of solar among all commercial users, GM shows that manufacturing and the use of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand.

—Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association

GM is listed among the top 25 corporate users of solar power in the United States for the second consecutive year by the Solar Energy Industry Association’s Solar Means Business 2014 Report.

With the Lordstown project, GM remains on track to meet a company goal of 125 megawatts of renewable energy deployed globally by 2015.



Those numbers don't look right to me. 1.8MW system should supply twice that number of homes (300), and a 2.2MW system supplies only 1.5% of the plant's needs? That is a huge investment for that poultry payback. Surely that's a typo and it's nearer 15%??

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