FAIRMONT– Fairmont Ford not too long ago had photo voltaic panels put in on the roof of its constructing. The solar energy system will present a value financial savings down the highway and can be higher for the surroundings as is derives clear, pure vitality from the solar.
The enterprise joins only a handful of others locally which have solar energy programs. Fairmont Metropolis Administrator Cathy Reynolds mentioned two different companies locally have solar energy programs and are related to town’s grid. She mentioned there are additionally two private programs related to town.
Reynolds mentioned Fairmont Ford is the primary automotive dealership in Fairmont to get photo voltaic panels and the primary enterprise to place them on the roof of the constructing.
Fairmont Ford is a fourth era enterprise, which Teresa (Kloeckner) Haycraft is normal manger of. She and brother Paul Kloeckner mentioned they’ve been getting a solar energy system for a very long time. Haycraft mentioned a number of years in the past she watched a webinar by Nationwide Auto Sellers Affiliation that inspired automotive dealerships to make the most of their roofs for photo voltaic panels.
“It doesn’t take up any actual property and we use plenty of electrical energy on a regular basis so it’s one thing they beneficial for automotive sellers,” Haycraft mentioned.=
She mentioned they get a federal tax credit score that decreases in 2023 so in the event that they have been going to do it, they could as nicely do it now.
Haycraft mentioned they ordered the panels in July. Kloeckner mentioned it took a few week to do the wiring however as soon as the panels got here in, it took about half a day to get all 160 panels on the roof.
Town got here this previous week and wired into the transformer field in order that if extra energy is being generated than used, it’s going to return to town.
However Haycraft doesn’t anticipate they’ll have leftover energy, particularly with the emergence of electrical automobiles.
“All automotive producers are stepping into electrical automobiles so we all know we’re going to have extra want for energy electrical energy sooner or later,” Haycraft mentioned.
“Our energy demand goes to go up. As a substitute of going to the fuel station to fill each automotive up, we’re going to must plug in right here and cost each automotive earlier than it leaves,” Kloeckner mentioned.
He mentioned by 2025, 10 % of Ford gross sales are anticipated to be electrical automobiles. From a bigger perspective, Reuters predicts electrical automobiles might be about 24 % of whole international gross sales by 2030.
Haycraft shared some statistics they got from Inexperienced Power out of Springfield, Minn., relating to carbon footprint and their photo voltaic panel system.
She mentioned that their photo voltaic panels must be good for 40 years and over that point, 3,036 tons of carbon dioxide might be eradicated from Fairmont Ford’s footprint. That’s equal to planting 70,739 bushes or recycling 9,594 tons of waste as an alternative of sending it to a landfill.
The advantages of solar energy programs are many. Haycraft mentioned it made sense for them as they’ve a big roof footprint.
She mentioned, “It’s going to take a handful of years to pay for, however as soon as we do that every one the ability we generate we’ll be capable of use so we should always reduce our vitality invoice by about 50 %.”