As part of the corporation’s global strategy towards a more sustainable future, General Motors has just inaugurated a new solar park at the GM Alvear plant in Argentina.
The solar park provides renewable energy for the production of vehicles at GM’s Alvear plant, located in the province of Santa Fe in the South American country. The inauguration ceremony of the complex’s new energy system was attended by local government officials and some GM Argentina executives.
“This solar park is testimony to the great work of our teams to constantly evolve in productive sustainability. It marks an important step in our commitment to achieve 100 percent sustainable energy in all GM production plants in the world by 2035, in order to fulfill our vision of achieving mobility with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion,” said Manufacturing Director of GM Argentina, Claudio Vulcano. “Having clean and renewable energy in our plant is an essential part of that path towards sustainable mobility,” he added.
The GM Alvear plant’s new solar park recently is the result of an investment of 55,000,000 Argentine pesos – equivalent to about $157,130 USD at the current exchange rate, with the aim of improving the efficiency of the installation’s production process and promoting a cleaner productive culture. This solar energy system is located on one of the green areas in front of the assembly plant and has a total of 400 solar panels.
In particular, the new solar park at the GM Alvear plant is the most efficient and technologically advanced of the entire automotive industry in the region. It can produce 320 MWh per year, capable of supplying electricity to more than 100 homes, using state-of-the-art solar panels that have a system of current inverters (from direct to alternating) to connect to the supply network.
The solar park’s capacity allows it to cover 20 percent of vehicle manufacturing energy consumption at the GM Alvear complex. The plan foresees a gradual capacity increase, with the plant being powered by 100 percent sustainable energy in 2035. In fact, the solar park incorporates artificial intelligence technology to maximize efficiency over time.