General Motors, a specialist in the automotive sector based in the US, has announced that it has installed an 8.15MW PV system on the rooftop of its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
According to GM, the PV system is one of the largest of its kind in Germany, covering an area equivalent to 32 football pitches. It will generate an output of approximately 7.3 million kWh. The solar electricity produced at Rüsselsheim feeds directly into the grid of the plant for use in vehicle production. Excess solar power is fed into the public grid of Stadtwerke Mainz, an energy provider in Germany.
The addition of the 8.15MW system is in line with the company’s target to double its global output of solar power by 2015, which it announced last year. This target is part of the company’s broader plans to increase its use of renewable energy to 125MW by 2020.
As demonstrated by its targets, GM is committed to increasing the use of solar power at its facilities worldwide. The company has already installed similar rooftop PV systems on top of its Zaragoza and Kaiserslautern facilities. The Rüsselsheim system along with the systems at its Zaragoza and Kaiserslautern facilities generate enough electricity to power 5,800 households.
“The projects we undertake in Europe are great examples of the way we roll sustainable practices into our manufacturing process,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs. “We seek out renewable energy opportunities around the world to help clean the grid, improve our bottom line, and reduce our impact on the environment.”