GM has decided to run Spring Hill off of solar power thanks to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Invest program, which will provide the automaker with a bundled renewable electricity program through a special tariff rate. The automaker said green tariff solutions such as this “are a key component of GM’s renewable energy strategy and allow the company to work with utilities to provide renewable energy solutions near its facilities.”
The automaker’s decision to run Spring Hill entirely on solar power “is expected to increase GM’s use of renewable energy to more than 50 percent of its sourced electricity by 2023,” it said in a statement. This will move it closer to its goal of sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030 at its U.S. sites. Additionally, GM plans to run all of its global facilities off of only renewables by 2040.
“Our commitment to renewable energy is part of our vision of a world with zero emissions,” Dane Parker, GM;s chief sustainability officer, said in a statement. “We’re committed to using our scale and relationships to increase renewable energy demand and availability.”
Switching Spring Hill to solar power is a monumental task, as it is the largest GM manufacturing facility in North America. The lot covers a massive 2,100 acres, but seven hundred of those acres are dedicated to farming, while another 100 acres consist of wildlife habitats, wetlands and native grassland. The plant itself builds the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6.