General Motors is committed to energy efficiency, and its Spring Hill Manufacturing complex is its latest example.
Spring Hill expects to save nearly $800,000 annually by upgrading to high-efficiency lighting in its general assembly and new engine plants, which will soon produce the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox and all-new Ecotec 2.5L engine debuting on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
This upgrade, which will replace more than 4,000 fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescent lighting, is estimated to save 8.5 million kilowatt hours (kWhr) of electricity per year – equivalent to the energy needed to power 750 homes.
“Our plant has a history of environmental stewardship,” said Ken Knight, GM Spring Hill Manufacturing complex manager. “Replacing older lighting technology is a cost-effective way for us to significantly conserve energy and save money as we transform our site into one of the world’s most-innovative and flexible manufacturing facilities.”
GM Spring Hill will complete a second phase of the lighting project in other areas of the complex later this year. The company estimates the combined savings will help the site avoid more than $1.3 million a year in its electricity costs.
Spring Hill Manufacturing works in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s industrial program to reduce electric energy intensity. The plant participates in various other environmental activities, including monitoring hourly energy use, instituting plant controls to minimize non-production energy use, reducing plant waste, and maintaining a designated wildlife habitat area certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.