General Motors has quite a goal to become a fossil-fuel-free automaker by 2050. While such an outlook should be taken with a few grains of salt, GM is making good on promises here and now.
The automaker officially announced its latest 100-megawatt wind farm, located in Paulding County, Ohio. The facility will bring 300 new jobs to the area and power produced will offset energy consumption at GM’s Ohio and Indiana plants.
When the new facility comes online, GM said in the Monday announcement it will be 20 percent of the way to its 2050 goal. Aside from the Paulding wind farm, GM also buys 200 megawatts worth of power from the Northwest Ohio Wind Farm. Additional power comes from another wind farm in Illinois.
The construction is good news for the Ohio area. Along with 300 new jobs, the facility should pump $1 million in additional tax revenue for the county.