General Motors is investing $24 million in electrical generation equipment that will allow the company to use more landfill gas at its Fort Wayne, Ind., and Orion, Mich., assembly plants. The new equipment will generate more than 14 MW from landfill gas. GM also will save a combined $10 million in energy costs each year at the facilities.
The investment will provide powerhouse construction at each assembly plant, as well as generation equipment and machinery.
GM has made a public commitment to increase its use of renewable energy to 125 MW by 2020, and this project expansion represents more than 10 percent of that goal.
Orion Assembly has used landfill gas since 1999. Currently it helps heat a portion of an upgraded paint shop that uses half the energy per vehicle as the one it replaced. When the electric-generation project is completed, 54 percent of Orion’s energy will come from renewable landfill gas.
Fort Wayne Assembly has used landfill gas since 2002. The investment will increase its landfill gas use four-fold, to 40 percent. The excess gas flare that normally escapes into the air is now redirected into the facility to create electricity energy for manufacturing.
Construction on both projects has begun, and is expected to be complete and operational by May of 2014.