Constellation Energy will be building a 1.23MW rooftop solar system for General Motors’ new electric motor plant in Baltimore, Maryland. The new US$269.5 million GM plant, which broke ground today and is slated to open in 2013, will house GM’s two-mode hybrid and heavy-duty transmission operations. Constellation Energy and GM previously worked together on the installation of a 951kW solar system at GM’s Fontana, California service and parts operations warehouse.
“We believe the future of sustainable transportation is electrically driven vehicles and this facility will help us maintain a leadership position within this category,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president for energy, environment and safety policy. “It's fitting that green 'motors of the future' are being built at a facility well recognized for ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact.”
The 1.23MW solar project is anticipated to provide 9% of the plants annual energy and save the company US$330,000 over its lifetime. Constellation Energy will build, own and maintain the system while GM buys all of the generated electricity under a 20-year PPA.