Business owners like Andrew Wiley of Consumers Auto Warehouse (CAW) are identifying options to reduce high energy costs while helping the environment. Dealership Wiley opted for solar power by selecting a local solar contractor, Tiger Solar, to design, build and install a 28.88 kW system. The system is expected to offset 100% of the CAW service center’s electrical needs and save $2,400 in utility expenses per year.
This project is one of four solar concessionaires in the Shenandoah Valley that Tiger Solar has managed from design and engineering through procurement and construction. Tiger Solar’s dealership partners in the Valley include CMA’s Chrysler, CMA’s Valley Honda, and more recently, McDonough Toyota. Car dealerships are exceptionally well suited to the benefits of solar power, particularly due to high energy costs and ample space on flat roofs. Incentives and benefits such as the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery Systems (MACRS) have motivated many commercial enterprises to consider solar energy and save on expenses operating.
“We are committed to being good stewards of the environment and supporting clean energy, recycling and waste reduction,” said CAW President Andrew Wiley. “The addition of solar power will eliminate our net electricity consumption from the grid by combining the power of the sun with our existing clean burning furnace for recycling waste oil. We also purchase our oil, washer fluid, coolant and transmission fluid in reusable containers in bulk to reduce waste. Our dealership is exploring the transition to electric vehicles. We just purchased a 2022 Tesla Model 3 for our rental fleet, and we have a Tesla charger at the main dealership.
The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to celebrate the new solar-powered service center.
News article from Tiger Solar (formerly Altenergy, Inc.)