Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - October 17, 2018
GM is 100% clean in Arlington
General Motors announced that its Arlington Assembly plant will now run on 100% clean wind energy following the recent opening of the Cactus Flats Wind Farm. The company also announced that the facility earned a place on the EPA’s Top 100 List of the largest green power users.
In a statement from GM, the company noted, "The plant’s No. 76 ranking in the Green Power Partnership recognizes GM’s efforts to power all its global facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050."
The Cactus Flats Wind Farm is a 148-megawatt facility based in Concho County that operates in partnership with Southern Power and General Mills. The energy sourced from Cactus Flats combined with power procured from the Los Mirasoles Wind Farm meets 100% of the electricity demand of 16 GM offices and facilities and more than 10,000 GM and GM subsidiary employees across Texas and the southeast U.S.
"Renewable energy is an important part of GM’s vision for a zero emissions future," said Rob Threlkeld, global manager of Renewable Energy. "The EPA’s support and recognition sends a strong message that transitioning to renewables is good for business and the environment, and helps make a greener grid and cleaner energy more accessible for everyone."
"The list of the largest users of green power across the nation is proof that good business practices can also benefit the environment," said James Critchfield, program manager of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. "EPA applauds the leading organizations in the Green Power Partnership’s Top Partner Rankings for their notable commitment to expanding their use of green power and protecting the environment."
Arlington Assembly has operated since 1954. It is currently the only GM facility in the world to produce GM’s portfolio of full-size SUVs, including the award-winning Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade. The plant is one of 74 GM facilities recognized by the EPA for achieving the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry for reducing energy intensity by at least 10 percent within five years.