"The investment in Sunlogics
allows GM to strategically partner with a leading solar
developer and operator that can help GM drive the use of solar,
specifically large-scale solar installations at our facilities,"
Lauckner said. "Sunlogics was the ideal choice because it is a
vertically integrated company that has a global footprint."
Said Michael Matvieshen, CEO
Sunlogics: "GM's solar expansion and financial commitment
provides a firm foundation for the growth of Sunlogics' business
worldwide and will bring more sustainable green energy to GM
"The partnership provides a new
level of opportunity to the larger scale industrial solar
projects Sunlogics designs, manufactures and constructs,"
Matvieshen said. "We are looking forward to further assisting
our customers in reducing their carbon footprint with
sustainable renewable energy."
As part of today's announcement,
General Motors committed to double its solar energy output
globally by the end of 2015.
"Our GM facilities currently house
30 megawatts of solar power, and we are committing today to
double that capacity to 60 megawatts over the next few years,
which is equivalent to powering 10,000 homes annually," said
Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Energy, Environment & Safety
Policy. "Not only does renewable energy make good business
sense, it helps us continue to reduce the impact our facilities
have on the environment."
GM is the auto industry's leading
user of renewable energy. It has three of the largest automotive
rooftop solar power installations in the United States and the
world's largest rooftop solar installation at its car assembly
plant in Zaragoza, Spain. Additionally, GM has started
construction on a new solar field at its Detroit-Hamtramck
facility and completed construction on a solar array on top of
its Baltimore Operations facility.
(July 28, 2011)