GM and DTE Energy to Install PV Solar Array
The PV solar array turns sunlight into electricity. The Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is the home of the Chevrolet Volt electric car.
DTE is investing $3m in the array at the assembly plant. The PV solar array will generate electricity of of 54,750 Volts, capable of charging 150 electric cars with extended-range capability every day for a year.
The Detroit-Hamtramck installation is part of DTE Energyâ€™s SolarCurrents pilot that installs photovoltaic systems on customer property or rooftops throughout Southeast Michigan during the next five years to generate 15 megawatts of electricity.
DTE Energy and GM will build the array on a six-acre tract of land located on the south side of the plant. This placement allows it to maximize solar output. The 264,000-square-foot project is expected to be completed at the end of the summer and will save the facility approximately $15,000 per year over the 20-year easement agreement.
GM dealers in the US reported 232,538 total sales in April 2011, a 27-percent increase versus April 2010. During the first quarter of 2011, the companyâ€™s retail share of the small, compact and compact crossover segments improved by an estimated 3.4 full share points, compared to the first quarter of 2010.
GM with its global headquarters in Detroit, employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries.
Detroit-based DTE Energy is involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.
Bob Ferguson, vice president of GM Public Policy, said: â€œThis array will significantly decrease energy consumption by combining solar power with ongoing efficiency tactics such as lighting and equipment upgrades and automating equipment shut-down.
â€œMaking sustainable choices is good for both the environment and our bottom line. Obviously cost savings is critical for GM, and the ability to save $15,000 per year while being environmental serves us well. We strive to reduce the impact our facilities have on the environment, and Detroit-Hamtramck continues to make progress in sustainability.â€
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