In an ongoing effort to make good with Mother Nature, General Motors has struck up an energy purchasing agreement with Enel Green Power, who is constructing a wind farm in Palo Alto, Mexico. Thus, starting very soon, GM will be procuring about 34 mW of electricity for some of its Mexico facilities through the power of wind.
Construction of the wind farm is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2015, and will contribute to the automaker’s total quantity of North American power derived from renewables – currently, 104 mW. GM had set a goal previously to reach 125 mW of renewable energy in North America by 2020, but it looks like that figure will be easily surpassed when this wind farm completes construction.
Despite all the work that General Motors has already done to increase its share of renewable energy usage, this is actually the company’s first venture into wind power. Previously, the automaker had used solar energy, landfill gas, and even steam energy produced by waste disposal.
GM Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing Jim DeLuca said in a release: “Our commitment to sustainable manufacturing processes is one way we serve and improve the communities in which we work and live. Using more renewable energy to power our plants helps us reduce costs, minimize risk and leave a smaller carbon footprint.”