GM Named Top Solar User in U.S. Auto Sector

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GM Named Top Solar User in U.S. Auto Sector

Research places company among top 20 commercial users
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 4:00pm

(3BL Media) Orlando, FL - September 12, 2012 - The Solar Energy Industries Association says General Motors is the No. 1 automotive user of solar power in the United States. It also ranks No. 13 of the top 20 solar-powered companies in the United States.

SEIA, along with Vote Solar Initiative, determined the industry rankings by cumulative solar energy capacity.

“GM has set an example in renewable energy within its industry and beyond,” said Rhone Resch, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Solar helps companies reliably manage their long-term energy costs, and our top 20 companies are going solar in a big way across the nation.”

Last year, GM committed to doubling its global solar output to 60 megawatts in the next three years, and to increase renewable energy use to 125MW by 2020.

“Being listed among environmental leaders like Walmart and IKEA reinforces our progress in reducing our energy use,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “We understand the environmental and business benefits of using renewable energy and we look forward to building on it with our new commitments.”

GM’s solar arrays will generate enough electricity this year to power 800 U.S. homes and that number is expected to double in 2013.

GM’s U.S. solar installations include:

Additionally, eight U.S. facilities have solar EV charging canopies on the grounds, including: Baltimore Operations, Bowling Green (Ky.) Assembly, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly, Parma (Ohio) Metal Center, Warren (Mich.) Technical Center, Warren Company Vehicle Operations and Milford (Mich.) Proving Ground, with five more expected to begin construction before the end of the year.

In the United States alone, 2.1 percent of GM’s energy consumption comes from renewable resources. For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report andenvironmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.