Chevrolet Volt Assembly Plant Will Get Solar Panels

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Array will be largest in Michigan

The General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant announced earlier this month, they will be adding photovoltaic solar panels. The Chevrolet Volt’s assembly home will be capable of charging 150 electric cars from sunlight the plant will turn into electricity. The Detroit-Hamtramck is home of the Volt and will be the largest plant in Michigan with solar panels. Kansas State Cars, the leading car website for Kansas State students is very excited about this.

Saving General Motors $15,000 a year, the project is expected to be completed by the end of summer. DTE Energy is partnering with General Motors on this project as part of its SolarCurrents program.

“This array will significantly decrease energy consumption by combining solar power with ongoing efficiency tactics such as lighting and equipment upgrades and automating equipment shut-down,” said Bob Ferguson, vice president of GM Public Policy. “Making sustainable choices is good for both the environment and our bottom line. Obviously cost savings is critical for GM, and the ability to save $15,000 per year while being environmental serves us well.”

DTE Energy is working diligently to make Michigan a more solar capable state and choosing the large Detroit-Hamtramck plant was an easy choice. The solar panels will be built on a six acre area of land located on the south side of the plant to maximize their sun exposure.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant has been making renewable improvements recently and this addition will make it that much better. There is a wild life habitat that is over 16 acres on the site. General Motors also voluntarily installed an oxidizer that works to reduce carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide that is released from the plant.

At Kansas State Cars we’re proud to be partnered with such an environmentally responsible manufacturer. We continue to support our local efforts of keeping our carbon footprint low and we’re excited to sell the Chevrolet Volt.


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