GM Installs High-Tech Solar Power System at San Fernando Valley
Four Non-Profits to Receive Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Release - General Motors - Yahoo Bizwire 2001.10.26
WHAT: General Motors will announce a partnership with the Air Quality
Management District (AQMD) to install a BP solar power electrical
system at the new Rydell GM dealership in the city of San Fernando,
Calif., and clean air, natural gas-powered microturbine generators
at five California dealerships. The generators will allow the dealerships
to remove themselves from the state's electric power grid, if the
need arises. This unique partnership aims to provide clean air resources
to local communities, solutions to California's energy issues, and
a reduction in air pollution.
GM will also donate Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vans
to three community organizations in the Southland selected by the
AQMD. They are The Desert Community Foundation, Palm Springs; Michael
E. Rodgers Seniors' Center, Huntington Beach; and Sylmar Graffiti
Busters Inc., Sylmar. A fourth non-profit organization will be surprised
with a CNG van during the news conference.
WHO: Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmentalist
Dennis R. Minano, vice president, environment and energy, and chief
environmental officer, GM
Dr. William Burke, chairman, Air Quality Management District
Bob Malone, president, Western U.S., BP (manufacturer of the solar
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 11 a.m. - Noon
WHERE: Rydell Chevrolet-Buick-Pontiac-GMC Dealership
700 San Fernando Road San Fernando, CA 91340
(2000 Thomas Guide page 502, B1)
BACKGROUND: GM was the first company to join in a Community Clean
Air Partnership with the AQMD in 2000. In previous partnership initiatives,
GM has begun to retrofit diesel
school buses to significantly reduce emissions and has introduced
the first advanced hybrid electric-powered
transit buses to Southern California.
Note to Editors: Media will be allowed to photograph the solar
panels from the rooftop. Dennis R. Minano, Dr. William Burke, Bob
Malone and non-profit
representatives will be available for interviews.
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