Ford To Employ Solar Power at Michigan Manufacturing Plant
As part of its efforts to be more green, Ford Motor will be converting an SUV factory in Wayne, Michigan into a solar-powered manufacturing plant. Xtreme Power is also supplying the plant with a battery energy storage system and electric vehicle charging stations. Converting this plant is expected to cost $5.8 million, part of which will be funded by Detroit Edison's solar program. The process will begin later this year.
Ford plans to install a 500-kilowatt solar array, which will feed into a smart grid as well as charge the battery energy storage system - which can hold up to two megawatt-hours of energy - and the electric vehicle charging stations. In addition to making the company greener and saving $160,000 per year in energy costs, installing these systems will serve as a test for Ford's smart grid and energy storage systems.
Ford will install a total of ten electric vehicle charging stations at the plant. Electric trucks will be used at the facility to transport parts, and the electric vehicle charging stations will power these trucks. Ford will also be manufacturing its 2011 battery-electric Ford Focus and a 2012 plug-in hybrid at the plant, and the electric vehicle charging stations will be used to power and test these new vehicles.