DTE Energy Co. is on a mission to create 50 megawatts — that’s 50,000,000 watts — of power in Southeast Michigan. General Motors wants to help out by building a two-acre solar installation at its Orion Assembly Center, the home of the Chevy Sonic and Buick Verano.
The new installation, which will create a total of 345-kilowatts capable of providing power to roughly 45 homes, is the second to come from the SolarCurrents program. GM already has a 516-kilowatt solar setup installed at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.
Of course GM isn’t doing this without something in return: the automaker will receive an unspecified credit on its energy for the entire 20-year contract. That sounds a lot like it could be an amount that might undermine the green undertones of a deal such as this, but by easing the use of fossil fuel while developing new energy initiatves, it seems like a win for everybody.
Additionally, GM said it will announce a global environmental milestone at its Lansing Customer Care & Aftersales facility on Tuesday.