General Motors is on track to reach its goal of 125 megawatts of renewable energy by next year with their latest installment: a massive, 2.2 megawatt solar array in Ohio, helping to power its Lordstown complex.
The array is approximately 270,000 square feet – the equivalent of a square about 520 feet across either dimension. It should reduce CO2 emissions at the complex by almost 2,000 tons, providing up to 1.5 percent of its annual energy consumption, according to a press release. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s comparable to powering around 182 thirsty American homes for an entire year.
General Motors isn’t going to miss the chance to use that solar array as its own corporate billboard, either; the array will sit well within plain sight of the Ohio turnpike, reminding 49 million passersby each year that GM is dedicated to making use of alternative energy sources, and reducing their carbon footprint. General Motors’ Toledo, Ohio Transmission facility was raised almost a year ago to help achieve and advertise the same commitment, being nearly as powerful as this Lordstown array at 1.8 megawatts.
The new Lordstown solar array is General Motors’ largest in the Western Hemisphere.