• Aug 7, 2011
General Motors has invested $7.5 million and taken an undisclosed stake in Sunlogics, a global solar energy systems provider. This significant lump of cash will help Sunlogics establish facilities in Michigan and Canada.

Additionally, GM Ventures says it signed commercial agreements with Sunlogics for the installation of solar-powered charging stations at select Chevrolet dealerships and other GM-owned sites, as well as a power purchase deal that calls for the installation of solar arrays at some of the automaker's facilities.

Jon Lauckner, president of GM Ventures, said in a statement:
Global solar energy use is predicted to more than double by 2016, so we believe that investing in renewable energy is a smart and strategic business decision. And, the Chevrolet solar charging canopy project complements our electrification strategy that started with the Chevrolet Volt.
In conjunction with the Sunlogics deal, GM committed to doubling the use of solar power at its facilities across the globe by the end of 2015.

[Source: General Motors]
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GM Ventures Invests in Solar Power Developer Sunlogics

2011-07-28

Investment strengthens GM's Clean Energy Commitment
Global solar electric output equivalent to powering 10,000 homes annually

DETROIT – General Motors Ventures LLC announced today an equity investment of $7.5 million in Sunlogics PLC, a vertically integrated global solar energy systems provider specializing in solar project development and installation. The investment will create 310 jobs.

GM also signed commercial agreements with Sunlogics for the installation of solar charging canopies at Chevrolet dealerships and GM facilities, as well as a power purchase agreement to install large-scale solar arrays at GM facilities and purchase the energy they produce.

Sunlogics will use some of the funding to establish its corporate headquarters and open a manufacturing facility in suburban Detroit, and to set up a manufacturing facility in Ontario. The facility in Southeast Michigan will create 200 jobs and the Canadian facility will support 110 jobs.

"Global solar energy use is predicted to more than double by 2016, so we believe that investing in renewable energy is a smart and strategic business decision," said Jon Lauckner, president of GM Ventures. "And the Chevrolet solar charging canopy project complements our electrification strategy that started with the Chevrolet Volt by helping our cars live up to their fullest green potential."

Sunlogics' management has experience developing and operating solar commercial installations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Sunlogics PLC has a strategic relationship with Sunlogics Power Fund Management Inc. and with other entities to own and operate solar projects developed by Sunlogics PLC.

"The investment in Sunlogics allows GM to strategically partner with a leading solar developer and operator that can help GM drive the use of solar, specifically large-scale solar installations at our facilities," Lauckner said. "Sunlogics was the ideal choice because it is a vertically integrated company that has a global footprint."

Said Michael Matvieshen, CEO Sunlogics: "GM's solar expansion and financial commitment provides a firm foundation for the growth of Sunlogics' business worldwide and will bring more sustainable green energy to GM operations."

"The partnership provides a new level of opportunity to the larger scale industrial solar projects Sunlogics designs, manufactures and constructs," Matvieshen said. "We are looking forward to further assisting our customers in reducing their carbon footprint with sustainable renewable energy."

As part of today's announcement, General Motors committed to double its solar energy output globally by the end of 2015.

"Our GM facilities currently house 30 megawatts of solar power, and we are committing today to double that capacity to 60 megawatts over the next few years, which is equivalent to powering 10,000 homes annually," said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Energy, Environment & Safety Policy. "Not only does renewable energy make good business sense, it helps us continue to reduce the impact our facilities have on the environment."

GM is the auto industry's leading user of renewable energy. It has three of the largest automotive rooftop solar power installations in the United States and the world's largest rooftop solar installation at its car assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain. Additionally, GM has started construction on a new solar field at its Detroit-Hamtramck facility and completed construction on a solar array on top of its Baltimore Operations facility.

About General Motors Ventures

General Motors Ventures LLC is a subsidiary designed to help the company identify and develop innovative technologies in the automotive/transportation sector. GM Ventures has been funded with an initial investment of $100 million, and is exploring equity investments in a number of auto-related technologies and business models. More information can be found at www.gmventures.com.

About Sunlogics

Sunlogics PLC is a vertically-integrated global solar energy systems provider specializing in solar project development and installation. Sunlogics has a strategic partnership with Sunlogics Power Management Fund Inc (SLMU:US) and with other entities for the purpose of owning and operating solar projects developed by Sunlogics PLC. The scope of the company's current projects and operations reach to the nations of the world including Canada, United States, Europe and China. More information can be found at www.sunlogics.com.


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      vwfailagain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your bailout dollars at work.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vwfailagain
        And that's a bad thing? I'm sure the GM workers, their families, the component suppliers, the millions of people dependant world-wide on a GM paycheck, everyone interested in the health of the planet, would appreciate GM investing in Solar energy and electric vehicle adoption. Only a miserable troll, (DF, writing under a pseudonym) would make such a snide remark.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would of thought that people who drive EVs care about where their power comes from? It is a good thing that power that is a little dirty today can be switched for renewable power in the future.
        sirvixisvexed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Anyone who tells you EV's pollute the environment because some or all of their power may be generated at a coal plant, tell them that in that case, every second of tv they watch, Internet they browse, pot of water they boil, room they vacuum, all are dirty and pollute the environment.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      We have a long way to go in getting the prices down and improving efficiency but it is nice to see that there is a pathway to post-oil industrialized world.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM invests $7 million in solar technology. Well, every little helps! Since 1973, BP has invested $2.7 Billion in Solar development. Chevron invests $ 7.7 billion into Geo-Thermal. It would appear that the Devils are doing good!
        GoodCheer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        "Since 1973, BP has invested $2.7 Billion in Solar development." So that's what? About 1 month of net profit, or about 4 days of gross revenue for BP. Over 38 years. I'm not all that impressed.
          Ben Crockett
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GoodCheer
          I'd have to agree with you there GoodCheer - these investments needs to viewed in relative terms. For example, if I invested in solar panels on my house - then in relative terms I have invested more in green tech in relative percentage to my wealth that these Big Auto or Big Oil. On the contrary I am not saying this investment should be sneezed at - it is great to see - so long as the investments are not a form of green washing or simply patent grabbing. In GMs case, it is clearly a good complementary investment for battery powered EVs.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GoodCheer
          I believe BP sold off that solar division a few years ago. It was nothing but a few pennies of profit invested into window-dressing.
          skierpage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GoodCheer
          @Spec, No, BP Solar is still going as a subsidiary of those clumsy, dangerous, messy oafs. They have some joint ventures like Tata BP Solar. It's only ~1% of BP's revenues. In recent years they've moved away from home solar to office and industrial.
        sirvixisvexed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        BAM!
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think this a good news for automotive industries, and GM begin look Mercedes Benz Fuel Cell System, Solar Panel Energy new era for Automotive... regards Dion www.starpost.tv