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Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  April 21, 2020

GM invests in 500,000 MWh of solar for Michigan operations

General Motors announced April 20 a partnership with DTE Energy to source 500,000 MWh of solar energy into their electricity supply.

Under the deal, the solar power will be sourced through DTE Electric’s MIGreenPower program, which is available to all of DTE’s customers to increase the percentage of wind and solar power used in their operations. This 500,000 MWh of solar energy should be enough to supply GM’s Southeast Michigan facilities by 2023, which includes the Renaissance Center global headquarters in Detroit, the GM Global Technical Center in Warren, the Milford Proving Ground in Milford and two local assembly plants; Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck, as well as several smaller GM sites across Southeast Michigan.

“Projects like this can have a substantial impact on reducing emissions and we’re proud to lead the way in clean energy procurement in our home state,” GM’s Chief Sustainability Officer Dane Parker said in a statement. “Not only should this agreement reduce emissions in the near term, it’s a glimpse into a world with electric vehicles, built by renewable energy, and in the case of our workplace chargers, charged by a green grid too. And as we scale our EV portfolio and access to a green grid around the world, the future looks brighter than ever.”

The investment by GM is expected to fund two new DTE solar parks. In February 2019, GM made a similar investment for 300,000 MWh of wind energy with DTE, which funded the three wind parks that are scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.

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