GM and DTE Partner for 800 kW array in Michigan


Earlier this week, General Motors (GM) announced that it is building a solar array at its Warren Transmission Plant in Michigan. This will not be just any solar array. 

The project will be GM’s largest in the state.

The power generated will go back to the grid. DTE Energy will own the array. DTE currently receives about 10 percent of its generating capacity from renewable sources.

GM currently has installations totaling 46 MW of solar worldwide. Their goal is to reach 125 MW by 2020. This is not GM’s only environmental commitment. It also has a Green Dealer Recognition program, which recognizes individual dealers for their participation in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling and on-site nature habitats.

And in June, GM began investigating a reuse program for the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt. Batteries are currently being used to power GM’s Enterprise Data Center at its Milford Proving Ground. Studies are underway to apply the technology on a wider scale.

“By supporting this project and making renewable energy commitments globaly, we will surpass our goal to promote 125 megawatts of clean power by 2020,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “This new array, along with our solar array at the nearby GM Technical Center in Warren, makes GM’s commitment to clean energy visible to the Warren community.”