The most recent project saw Alectra Utilities and GM’s St. Catharines facility replace 854 interior bay metal halides with 700 energy-efficient LED fixtures. Additionally, 17 air make-up units were upgraded with high-efficiency motors and VFD controls. The updates will save 6.19 million kwh and reduce the St. Catharine’s plant’s carbon emissions by 310 metric tonnes.
“General Motors is committed to a world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Working with innovative companies like Alectra to reduce electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions are critical to helping GM drive toward this bold vision,” said Peter Scott, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, St. Catharines Propulsion Plant.
Around the world, GM energy-saving projects not only help the environment but often save the automaker money in the process.
In total, the company’s doings save enough electricity to provide power for 3,600 homes on the grid and keeps 1,535 metric tonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere.