GM to build world's biggest rooftop solar
station in Spain
Jul 8, 2008 - Yahoo News - energycentral.com
|AFP/File Photo: A solar thermal electric
power plant in Sanlucar La Mayor, Spain in mid February.US
automobile giant General Motors is set to announce that
it will build the world's largest rooftop solar power
station at its biggest factory in Europe. (AFP/File/Cristina
MADRID (AFP) - US automaker General Motors
said Tuesday it will equip the roof of its factory in Zaragoza
in northeastern Spain with solar panels to create the world's
largest rooftop source of power from the sun.
The electricity produced by the 10 megawatt
installation will be used by the plant, GM's biggest in
Europe, and also be sold to the local power grid, a company
"GM's Zaragoza plant will become home to the
biggest roof-top solar power station worldwide. This has
significant potential to reduce costs at the plant," GM
Europe President Carl-Peter Forster said in a statement.
The company may install similar projects
at GM Europe's 11 other assembly and eight component plants
depending on the results in Zaragoza, he added.
The installation will generate enough power
annually to supply 4,600 households when it is completed
at the end of September, the statement said.
It will comprise about 85,000 solar panels
and cover about 2,000,000 square feet (183,000 square metres)
of roof at the plant which assembles more than 480,000 vehicles
a year for the European market.
GM currently has two of the largest solar
power installations in the United States on the roofs of
its Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, California parts warehouses.
The company is due to install solar panels
on its factory in Saint Petersburg, Russia next.
US firm Clairvoyant Energy and France's Veolia
Environment will build, own and operate the rooftop solar
installation at Zaragoza.