Solar

GM To Add 1.2-MW Solar System at Baltimore Powertrain Plant

General Motors (GM) announced that it will add a 1.2-megawatt (MW) solar power installation to the roof of its transmission assembly plant in White Marsh, Maryland. The system will be deployed under an agreement with SunEdison. Under the agreement, SunEdison will finance, install, operate and maintain the system.

The system will consist of more than 8,700 solar panels and will sit on approximately 300,000 square feet of roof space. The installation will generate approximately 1.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar energy per year. Additionally, the installation will enable GM to displace about 20 percent of the plant’s current power purchased from the local utility, the company said.

“This project will help GM reduce costs while serving as a clean, renewable energy source,” said John Buttermore, GM Powertrain vice president of global manufacturing. “Through innovation and commitment, GM is making a significant, positive impact on the environmental issues facing our world.”

The GM Powertrain Baltimore transmission plant builds the Allison A1000 six-speed automatic transmissions which are featured in the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. The plant built 189,000 of the Allison A1000 six-speed transmissions in 2007. It also builds the Hybrid 2 mode transmission currently used in the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid.