GM adding solar power at two Michigan plants

Powering electric vehicles with solar power will be a key step forward to increasing the environmental benefits of driving electric.

So it’s great to see that General Motors is adding three acres of solar arrays at two of its Michigan facilities.

The company’s processing center in Swartz Creek and engine plant in Flint will feature 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays expected to generate a combined 400,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year to the facilities’ grids, according to a statement from the company.

“Ever since our first solar array in 2006, GM has realized the benefits of renewable energy,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global renewable energy manager. “Not only does it reduce our emissions and lessen our dependence on petroleum, it makes a statement about the role businesses can play in securing a cleaner energy future.”

According to Solar Energy Industries Association, GM leads all automakers in the number of solar installations in the U.S. and ranks among the top U.S. corporate solar users in 2013 and 2012.

And when some of that solar power goes into charging up Cadillac ELRs and Chevrolet Volts, it’s good news all around.