A new Porsche dealership in Palm Springs, California, has gone solar with the help of Renova Energy. Renova installed a 207-kW SunPower Helix dual-tilt solar system on the dealership’s 44,500-sq-ft roof. The new Porsche Palm Springs building is the first of its kind in the world, featuring Porsche AG’s new prototype design, Destination Porsche.
“After comparing all proposals and designs, we found that Renova Energy offered the best fit for our company,” said Todd Blue, founder and CEO of indiGO Auto Group, owner of Porsche Palm Springs. “Combining the area’s most experienced and trusted installer with the world’s best panel proved to be the right solution. We’re thrilled to work with the premier local solar company, Renova Energy, and excited to be incorporating clean, renewable energy into our dealership of the future.”
The rooftop solar system made of 576 SunPower 360-W panels will serve as an important demonstration of Porsche’s prototype for future locations. Porsche Palm Springs is a LEED-certified building, designed to retail and service the new Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle scheduled to be released in 2020. Powered with solar energy, the new facility has fast charging portals where future Taycan owners can charge 62 miles of range in just four minutes.
“We’ve developed a solar system that we anticipate will address much of Porsche Palm Springs’ energy needs, as well as help power their electric car chargers,” said Nate Lewis, Renova VP of sales and marketing. “Reducing one of the company’s largest overhead expenditures is extremely satisfying.”
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