Freedom Solar Power has completed a 120.3-kW solar array atop Parkway Honda dealership in Dover, Ohio, which is expected to generate more than $378,000 in savings over 20 years.
“Parkway Honda’s partnership with Freedom Solar is making waves as one of Ohio’s premier solar installations in the automotive industry,” said Freedom Solar CEO Bret Biggart. “We are proud to partner with them in making their business more energy-efficient and helping them become one step closer to their sustainable goals.”
“We couldn’t be happier with our decision,” said Parkway Honda’s Partner, Mark C. Mears. “We are one of the first dealerships in the county to go solar and we are proud to be leading the way within Dover and Tuscarawas County. By diminishing our carbon footprint, we are achieving advantages never seen before rather than just reducing our electricity bill.”
The decision to go solar impacts a wide range of components beyond electricity bills. Mears stated several factors played into the company’s decision to move forward with the conversion to on-site power generation at its Honda dealership, a decision they have been contemplating for awhile. Some of the factors included: financial local and federal incentives, the testimony of dealers in other parts of the state who have already transitioned, and the fact that the Honda dealership has ample roof area to accommodate solar arrays powerful enough to offset a large percentage of their energy costs. Mears chose Freedom Solar as their solar contractor after a referral from Honda Green Dealer, an initiative designed by Honda to aid independently owned and operated Honda dealers in reducing their environmental footprint. As a proud participant in the Honda Green Dealer Program, Parkway Honda strives to implement green initiatives within the dealership, including battery stored energy. Committed to a cleaner, greener future, Parkway Honda is working to reduce its energy usage and upgrading its operations to become more sustainable.
“Installing solar has become a cost-reduction strategy for entrepreneurial automotive dealers and is growing rapidly amongst dealerships nationwide,” said Biggart.
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