SOLAR POWER SYSTEM INSTALLED.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District and General Motors announced the installation of a solar power electrical system at the new Rydell GM dealership in San Fernando on Sunday.
GM is also installing natural-gas-powered generators at five California dealerships as part of the Community Clean Air Partnership, which the automaker formed last year with the AQMD to help continue air quality improvement in Southern California.
The Capstone Turbine Corp. microturbine generators will allow the dealerships to remove themselves from the state's electric power grid, if the need arises.
``We're thrilled that General Motors is doing its part to alleviate electrical grid power consumption and clean the air at the same time,'' said William A. Burke, chairman of the governing board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, who was at the Rydell San Fernando auto dealership Sunday.
GM also donated compressed natural gas-powered vans to three community organizations in Southern California selected by the Air Quality Management District. Those organizations included the Sylmar Graffiti Busters Inc., in the San Fernando Valley, the Deserty Community Foundation of the Coachella Valley, and the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors' Center of Huntington Beach.
A fourth nonprofit group, Mothers of East Los Angeles which promotes environmental and social well being in the East Los Angeles area, was surprised with a CNG van during a news conference Sunday.
Those attending the news conference included Burke, environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., and GM's chief environmental officer, Dennis R. Minano.
``GM is committed to helping Southern California achieve its clean air goals,'' Minano said. ``The use of renewable energy such as solar power is an important element in constructing a sustainable, environmentally sound economy.''
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Nov 5, 2001|
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