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Fighting to show its commitment as a business to securing a clean, eco, energy efficient future, General Motors has announced it has moved to add two new solar energy arrays in Michigan.

The plans were made public during a solar energy conference in Boston and would bring the company’s total of solar arrays in the US to nine. The automaker will construct its new solar arrays at its engine production facility in Flint and at its processing center in Swartz Creek, both having a capacity for their solar panel installations of 150-kilowatt. The duo would generate annually around 400,000 kilowatt hours – which is the equivalent of 25 houses.

“Ever since our first solar array in 2006, GM has realized the benefits of renewable energy,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global renewable energy manager. “Not only does it reduce our emissions and lessen our dependence on petroleum, it makes a statement about the role businesses can play in securing a cleaner energy future.”

The new additions would raise the total energy output coming from solar installations and landfill gas and biomass to 60 megawatts of renewable energy worldwide. General Motors plans to have installed by 2020 at least 125 megawatts in renewable energy sources globally.

Via Automotive News Europe