General Motors has announced the 1.8 megawatt, 21,000 panel rooftop solar array at its Toledo Transmission plant in Ohio will be completed next month. According to a GM press release from last year, the solar array was supposed to be completed November 2012.
The panels, which makeup the largest rooftop solar array in Ohio, will generate nearly 3 percent of the plant’s total electricity consumption. That may not sound like much, but the energy produced will be enough to power 200 U.S. homes.
“Having 21,000 solar panels on Toledo’s roof is a great visual representation of our commitment to renewable energy,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM manager of renewable energy. “It proves to our employees and the people who live in and around Toledo that clean energy plays a significant role in the building of our vehicles.”
The company will have more than 40 megawatts of solar panels installed at its facilities globally by the end of 2013. Two of the five biggest rooftop solar arrays in the world are located at GM’s Opel Russehim facility in Germany, and its Zaragoza Assembly plant in Spain. GM says its global solar footprint is equal to the size of 100 football fields.
GM was also recognized as a “Solar Champion” by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) at the Solar Power International 2013 in Chicago. The award is given to companies that contribute to the establishment of a strong solar industry in America.