While the Chevy Volt is making the headlines as an American-made clean energy car, Chevrolet has announced that it will be going further in its green efforts, investing $40 million in various clean energy projects throughout the country with the goal of eliminating 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
According to a recent release, over the next three to five years, Chevrolet will be providing energy efficient technology such as smart energy sensors and solar panels to schools and other community-based facilities in need of upgrades to decrease carbon dioxide emissions and reduce heating bills; supporting wind farms and solar projects that deliver renewable energy to the grid (with a focus on those that also help family farms increase revenues); supporting the capture of flammable methane from community landfills that deliver clean energy to the grid (biogas); and contributing to forestry projects throughout America.
Is there a particular significance behind Chevrolet’s goal to eliminate 8 million metric tons of carbon? Why yes, there is: it’s the equivalent of the amount of carbon emissions produced in 2011 from the 1.9 million vehicles Chevrolet is expected to sell in the United States over the next year.
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