General Motors install Capstone MicroTurbines at Californian dealerships

General Motors will install Capstone MicroTurbine power generation systems early next year at GM dealerships in California to reduce energy costs and conserve power consumption from the state’s electric grid.

The initial rollout will involve installation of solar panels made by BP and one or more Capstone 60 MicroTurbine systems at each of five GM dealerships within the state. The steps are part of GM’s Community Clean Air partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The programme was unveiled yesterday at the newly constructed Rydell Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac-GM dealership in San Fernando, California.

At the event, Dennis R. Minano, GM vice president of environment and energy and chief environmental officer, said, “These low-emission Capstone MicroTurbine systems are designed and manufactured right here in the San Fernando Valley.

“California is an important market for GM, so we are very pleased that we can do our part to simultaneously help improve California air quality, support the California economy and reduce demand on the California power grid. And that California GM dealerships can do all this while saving money on their utility bills certainly doesn’t hurt.”

Norman Chambers, who was recently retained by Capstone Turbine Corporation as its chief operating officer, said, “Last December, in Madrid, BP unveiled the world’s most environment-friendly gas station. Solar panels like these cover the canopy above the pumps that deliver BP gasoline and liquefied natural gas products. But the prime power system at that facility is a Capstone MicroTurbine.

“GM and the AQMD have made it possible for us to again join these technologies. We are proud to have the opportunity to work with these three world-class organizations, each renowned for its abiding commitment to making a cleaner environment for us all.

“As its chief operating officer, it is my goal to continue Capstone Turbine’s pioneering work to make clean, efficient, cost-saving energy technology available to municipalities, government entities and businesses of all types here in California, across the nation and around the world.”

Following these inaugural installations, GM hope that more of the nearly 1000 GM dealerships in California will embrace this cost-saving environmental initiative.

Capstone MicroTurbines cleanly generate power onsite, reducing grid power consumption, lowering energy costs and providing power reliability and security. The two 60 kW Capstone 60 systems at the Rydell facility will be able to provide all of the dealership’s power needs.

Energy cost savings from Capstone MicroTurbine installations at participating GM dealerships are conservatively anticipated to be at least 15 per cent, including natural gas costs.

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