GM installing solar panels at Lordstown plant

GM installing solar panels at Lordstown plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – 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.

Once the solar panels are installed, they will make up GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere.

The renewable energy produced by the array is enough to power nearly 1.5 percent of the plant and helps avoid the equivalent of 1,993 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. That is equivalent to the amount of carbon pulled from the air by 1,634 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

Lordstown Plant Manager Steve Donato said the array is a significant investment.

“The significant investment here is an investment in the community, and investment in the plant and the largest investment for solar panels for GM in North America,” Donato said.

Part of the multi-million dollar system is being built by Solar Flex Rack of Youngstown. The array will be visible from the Ohio Turnpike.

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