Maryland-based Empower Energies has announced the commissioning of an 850 kW solar array at General Motors’ Bowling Green, Ky., Assembly Plant, home of the Chevrolet Corvette.
“Projects like this solar array at our Bowling Green plant help send a message that renewable energy is a sustainable and affordable choice for manufacturing,” says Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “As the automotive industry leader of solar energy use in the United States, we want to demonstrate the benefits of solar use, like reducing our impact on the environment and providing value to our customers and investors.”
Empower Energies served as the general contractor for the project, completing the installation process with J. Ranck Electric of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., a designated Solar Flexrack installer that installed the racking system and the solar panels. Electrical partner PayneCrest Electric Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., completed the wiring, testing and commissioning of the system. Civil work was handled by The Boldt Company of Appleton, Wis. Each of these partners has completed contracted projects at other local GM facilities.
“Corvette is such a quintessential brand,” comments Len Jornlin, Empower Energies’ CEO. “To be involved in providing affordable clean energy to build the Corvette has been a privilege and a delight for us…but not a surprise. GM’s renewable energy initiatives lead the automotive industry.”