GM Installs 12-MW Rooftop Solar System

General Motors (GM) announced that it is adding the world’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power installation to its assembly plant located in Figueruelas, Zaragoza, Spain. When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, the Zaragoza solar installation will cover about 2,000,000 square-feet of roof at the plant and comprises approximately 85,000 solar panels.

When fully operational, the installation will generate close to 12 megawatts (MW) of power at its highest output. The installation will generate approximately 15.1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power annually. GM currently has two of the largest solar power installations in the United States on the roofs of its Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, California parts warehouses.

On the Zaragoza project, GM has partnered with Clairvoyant Energy, Veolia Environmental and the Government of Aragon to develop the project. United Solar Ovonic will provide UNI-SOLAR thin-film flexible solar laminates for the project. The Zaragoza plant builds the Opel Corsa, Opel Meriva and the Opel Combo for the European marketplace.

“The Zaragoza project demonstrates proof that GM is actively accelerating our efforts to be part of the solution to the environmental issues and challenges facing our world,” said Gary Cowger, GM group vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “We are proud to be a global leader in the usage of renewable energy.”

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