General Motors builds solar plant

General Motors (GM) announced the completion of a solar project built on the roof of one of its manufacturing plants in Germany.

The installation spans an area greater than 30 football fields and will generate over 8 megawatts (MW) of electricity for direct use in on-site vehicle production. Any excess power is diverted back into Germany’s power grid.

This renewable energy project will result in a reduction of over 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

GM set a targets to increase its solar energy production to 60 MW by 2015, and 125 MW by 2020.