GM to Build Next-Gen Models Using Renewable Energy

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Just as it resumes production in its facilities across the United States after a two-month closure in lieu of shelter-in-place protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic, General Motors announced plans for the company’s assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee to run on all renewable energy in two years’ time.

This is part of the GM’s efforts to make its facilities emissions-free in the coming years alongside other facilities in Michigan such as the automaker’s headquarters at the Renaissance Center, the Warren Technical Center, and two other production plants.

GMC Acadia parked outside
GM’s Spring Hill plant in Tennessee is home to the GMC Acadia, among other cars.

According to a recent statement, GM inked an agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Invest program, which will see the automaker make an annual purchase of 100 megawatts of solar energy. This volume is enough to power 18,000 households in the U.S.

The Spring Hill plant in Tennessee is GM’s largest manufacturing site in America with 2,100 acres. It is home to the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5, and XT6, as well as farmland, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.

With this program, the company is expected to receive more than half of its energy from renewable sources by 2023. And by 2030, GM is looking to power all of its U.S. facilities with renewable energy.

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