GM's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant Ranks Among Top Green Power Users In The U.S.

There’s no doubt General Motors is leading the electric charge. Customers can get their hands on a Chevrolet Volt
(a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), a Chevrolet Spark EV
, as well as the upcoming new Bolt EV
.

And that’s without mentioning the new Malibu Hybrid
or the new Cadillac ELR
. But GM doesn’t just lead the way in green vehicles– it also backs up its environmentally friendly mandate at its production facilities, like the Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Roanoke, Indiana.

The Fort Wayne Assembly plant, which produces the Chevrolet Silverado
and GMC Sierra
, is run 43 percent on methane gas captured from decomposing trash in a nearby landfill. As a result, the plant was recently recognized no.5 among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top 30 generators of onsite green power.

The plant generates more than 53 million kilowatt hours of green power– enough to supply the equivalent electricity use of more than 5,000 American homes annually!

“Renewable energy enables us to reduce risk at our plants and save money on energy costs – facts that prove there’s economic opportunity in addressing climate change,” said Rob Threlkeld, GM global manager of renewable energy. “None of our U.S. plants use coal as an energy source.”

General Motors is one of the largest users of landfill gas in the U.S. and its Fort Wayne plant has used landfill gas for 13 years, and just last year brought the generation process on site in order to quadruple usage.

So, GM doesn’t just make environmentally friendly vehicles, it also extends its green mandate to many of its plants and factories.

Congratulations Fort Wayne Assembly plant!