General Motors has set lofty goals for itself regarding renewable energy sources. Previously, the automaker stated it would be powered exclusively by renewable energy by the year 2050. Slowly but surely, GM is inching its way towards said goal.
GM has purchased 50 megawatts of wind energy through Renewable Energy Systems, marking the largest investment in renewable energy in the company’s history. The wind energy will power 16 facilities including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River.
“GM’s commitment to renewable energy is helping transform the way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed around the world, and we’re doing it in a way that makes our company and communities stronger,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of Renewable Energy. “These renewable energy investments drive down greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our dependence on finite resources, and help keep our air and water clean.”
With this investment, GM will source more than 193,000-megawatt hours of electricity from wind power annually when the latest contract goes live in 2018.
The latest wind investment also brings the automaker’s total renewable energy consumption to six percent globally.