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General Motors is pacing up to expand its global solar output where it has planned to add 8.15 megawatt of solar array in its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Germany.

The array is one of the largest power plants in Europe and is equal to the area of 32 soccer fields. The array is capable of generating around 7.3 million kW hours from natural light (sunlight). For this, approximately 3,150 tons of CO2 reduction is noticed each year. The vice president of General Motors Mike Robinson in Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs has said that the plans last year was to double the global solar power output by the end of 2015 as announced. Moreover, the company is making good progress as committed to improve renewable energy use to 125 megawatts by 2020.

General Motors will be able to produce 19.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity after this project that goes equal to the evasion of 8,200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. The progress will be combined with other European installations in Kaiserslautern based in Germany and Zaragoza which is in Spain.

The plant’s grid gets its power from solar electricity that is generated at Rüsselsheim and is used to build vehicles. Abundant solar power is provided to Stadtwerke Mainz’s public grid which is Germany’s leading energy provider. GM promises to increase the solar power usage at its global facilities. The Rüsselsheim array is an important renewable energy that balances the largest rooftop solar array in the world. This solar array is on Zaragoza facility and Kaiserslautern facility of GM. Three plants together generation equivalent amount of electricity that is needed to supply 5,800 households in each year.