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GM facility here earns Energy Star recognition

Rochester’s General Motors Components Holdings LLC was one of 16 General Motors Co. facilities to earn recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program.

Globally, GM saved $73 million in energy costs in 2016, with the Lexington Avenue plant saving more than $700,000 annually as part of the company’s energy reduction program.

The efforts have made a significant contribution to the local facility’s competitiveness and its environmental impact, plant manager Neal Evans said Thursday.

“There are more initiatives that we have recently completed and planned that will further reduce our energy needs,” Evans said.

Rochester’s GM facility has replaced all of its outdoor lighting with LED fixtures, installed a 466-kilowatt solar array and it is planning to use LED interior lighting, among other things, Evans said.

Global efforts to increase energy efficiency play a significant part in GM’s goal of meeting the electricity needs of its worldwide operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, officials said.

“Energy efficiency can reduce electricity loads, which will help us more easily transition to renewable energy sources,” GM’s global energy manager Al Hildreth said. “Together, these environmental improvements help us reduce our carbon footprint, cut costs and deliver value back to our customers.”

The Rochester facility, which employs roughly 1,100 people, and GM’s Tonawanda Engine facility earned the Challenge for Industry awards, which recognizes manufacturing facilities that have cut energy intensity by 10 percent within five years.

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