Dec 10, 2012 11:02 Asia/Seoul Time Zone
GM Korea Signs Agreement to Build Eco-Friendly Solar Power Generation Facility at Changwon Plant
  • - Will produce 3,700 MWh of electricity, equal to the energy used by 1,200 homes
    - Key component of GM Korea’s Environmental Strategy for Sustainable Growth
SEOUL--(Korea Newswire) December 10, 2012 -- GM Korea Company signed an agreement today with renewable energy company KC Cottrell to build a 3 MegaWatt solar power generation facility on the rooftop of the automaker’s Changwon Plant, home of the brand new Chevrolet Spark and Spark EV.

Attendees at the signing ceremony, which was held at GM Korea’s Changwon Plant, included GM Korea President and CEO Sergio Rocha, KC Cottrell CEO Lee Tae-young and Changwon city representatives.

“Since its establishment, GM Korea has promoted sustainable growth through ongoing investment in environmental protection,” said Rocha. “We are adopting fuel-saving technologies in our vehicles while promoting recycling and energy efficiency in our facilities.”

He added, “Our Changwon Plant, which is the home of the Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle, will set a good example for low-carbon, green growth using renewable energy.”

The solar array that will be built on a 64,000-square-meter rooftop at the Changwon Plant is highly space efficient. It will produce 3,700 MegaWatt hour of electricity annually, which is equivalent to the energy used by 1,200 homes. It will cut carbon emissions at the facility by 2,400 tons per year. The solar array will go into service in the third quarter of 2013.

Based on the project’s success, GM Korea will explore building additional solar power generation facilities at its operations across Korea. This is in line with GM Korea’s new Environmental Strategy for Sustainable Growth, which involves fuel-saving technologies, end-of-life recyclability and landfill-free facilities.

In addition, with GM Korea’s commitment to GM’s rigorous environmental policy, GM was named the No.1 automotive user of solar power in the United States by the Solar Energy Industries Association in September and the 2012 Energy Star by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of its superior energy efficiency achieved through advanced environmental projects.
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