GM is taking another step towards its goal of powering its plants with renewable energy following a deal to buy energy from a wind farm being built in Paulding County, Ohio.

The automaker will buy 200 megawatts of energy from this and another farm in central Illinois. The Ohio farm is expected to be completed this summer.

When complete, these farms will offset energy consumed by GM plants in Ohio and Indiana.

Ultimately, GM aims to power all of its plants with renewable energy by 2050. With the Ohio and Illinois wind farms, GM will be 20% of the way to achieving that goal.

Along with the wind farms, GM installed solar panels on the rooves of its Lordstown assembly and Toledo transmission plants in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

GM announced the Ohio farm will create 300 new jobs, while helping the county with an extra $1 million in tax revenue.

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