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Published on May 15th, 2020 | by greentechheadlines

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General Motors to purchase 100 MW of solar energy to power Spring Hill –

General Motors to purchase 100 MW of solar energy to power Spring Hill –

General
Motors’ (GM) Spring Hill Manufacturing plant is expected to be powered by 100%
solar energy by late 2022.

The green
tariff agreement with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will supply up to 100 MW
of solar energy annually, according to the company. The energy will be supplied
by a solar farm in Lowndes County, Mississippi, under development by Origis
Energy.

The
commitment is made through TVA’s Green Invest program, which is the federal
electric utility’s green tariff solution.

The project
is expected to increase GM’s renewable energy use to more than 50% by 2023,
moving closer to the company’s goal of sourcing 100% renewable electricity at
U.S. GM-owned sites by 2030.

Spring Hill
Manufacturing is the largest GM facility in North America, totaling 2,100
acres, 700 acres which are dedicated to farming. 100 acres are dedicated to
wildlife habitat and have received a Gold recognition and certification from
the Wildlife Habitat Council.

“Our
commitment to renewable energy is part of our vision of a world with zero
emissions,” said Dane Parker, GM chief sustainability officer. “We’re committed
to using our scale and relationships to increase renewable energy demand and
availability.”

Jeff
Lyash, TVA president and CEO added, “Moving forward, large-scale solar
installations provide the best value for our customers to help meet their
sustainability goals which makes Green Invest a win for everyone.”


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