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GM Dealerships Go Renewable for Cost Advantage

GM Dealerships Go Renewable for Cost Advantage

The first of what may become hundreds of car dealerships in California, has installed solar panels and micro turbines to provide all of the dealership's power needs.
Independence LED Case Study – BMW Dealership

Independence LED Case Study – BMW Dealership

Commercial LED Lighting Solutions Case Study Series – Auto Dealership – BMW The case study below is an example of the increasing adoption of energy saving LED lights for commercial LED lighting solutions across a wide range of applications.   Project: BMW Dealership Highlights: 1st BMW Dealership in the US with Independence LEDs Address: Virginia Owner: BMW Dealership   Opportunity for LED Lights: Lighting consumes a significant amount of electricity for automotive dealerships. Like many other dealerships, this one had 2’x2’ troffers with a pair of 32 watt U bend fluorescent tubes, totaling 64 watts per fixture. At 12 hours of illumination over 6 days a week (3,744h/year), each fixture used 239.6 kWh/year. At the average electricity rate in Virginia of $.087/kWh, the lighting cost was $20.84 per fixture per year.   LED Lighting Solution: Independence LED provided a 30 watt LED Retrofit Kit solution with a pair of 15 watt 2’ LED tubes. The solution saves 34 watts per fixture for over 53% savings. 2’x2’ Troffers and Custom Pendant Fixtures: Independence LED provides solutions for diverse standard and custom existing lighting and applications.   LED Case Study Results: By reducing the 2’x2’ fixture wattage from 64 to 30, the annual savings is 127.3 kWh and $11 per fixture. Over the 60,000 hour 16 year life of the LEDs at 12/6, the lifetime energy savings is over $176 per fixture. With historical 3% average annual increases in energy cost and reduced bulb replacement and maintenance labor, the savings is over $348 per fixture. Since the lighting upgrade, Sterling BMW has added Rolls Royce to its offerings.   To find more case studies from this manufacturer see: http://independenceled.com/case-studies/ To see the graphic support for this case study see: http://independenceled.com/bmw-dealership-case-study-led-tubes/
Sharp Solar Panels Top Auto Dealership

Sharp Solar Panels Top Auto Dealership

A Sharp Solar photovoltaic array will soon be sending power to a southern California car dealership.
Ethanol Brochure for Iowa

Ethanol Brochure for Iowa

September 3, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) has prepared a new eight-page brochure on E85, the ethanol-based alternative fuel, specifically for the state of Iowa. The brochure highlights the benefits of E85 and lists the many flexible-fuel vehicles available at local dealerships. The first brochures were distributed at a Yellow Dime Promotion at the Coop Gas and […]
Boulder County Incentive Program Drives Adoption of Two ‘Sexy Electrics’—Solar and Electric Cars

Boulder County Incentive Program Drives Adoption of Two ‘Sexy Electrics’—Solar and Electric Cars

An innovative group purchasing program in Boulder County, Colorado, put hundreds of electric vehicles on local roads and sparked the addition of more than 1 MW of rooftop solar in its first two years. Now, the initiative is a springboard for efforts nationwide to allow consumers to seize control of their clean energy future.
7 Ways Tesla Motors is Changing the Game

7 Ways Tesla Motors is Changing the Game

Though the company is less than 10 years old, Tesla Motors has made great strides in the automotive industry. The producer and innovator of electric, sustainable vehicles is changing the way we view cars and energy sources. Not convinced of Tesla Motors' vast potential? Take a look at these seven ways the company is already changing the auto game.
Shanghai to Provide Free License Plates for Electric Vehicles Through Auctions

Shanghai to Provide Free License Plates for Electric Vehicles Through Auctions

As part of the EVZone project, thirty municipal electric buses are already cruising the streets of the district, with the goal of replacing all existing buses in the Anting section within the next two years. To date, the construction of 100 charging poles in public areas has been completed in the zone, with plans to end the year with 770 charging poles in operation, along with supporting charging facilities placed in both residential neighborhoods and office buildings. Plans further call for the placement of between two and three thousand charging poles, deemed a sufficient number to satisfy the recharging needs of local EVs, over the coming two to three years.
Solar Roofs to Top Car Dealerships

Solar Roofs to Top Car Dealerships

Volkswagen AG, based in Wolfsburg, Germany, has signed a co-operation agreement with BP Solar to promote the use of photovoltaic technology by equipping both new and existing VW car dealerships with solar roofs.
SunPower Offers Solar and Storage Packages to Hybrid Car Customers

SunPower Offers Solar and Storage Packages to Hybrid Car Customers

Buyers of Volkswagen or Audi hybrids will find themselves getting yet another sales pitch as they leave a U.S. dealership next year -- to buy a home power network that allows them to charge their new cars using only solar power.
GM’s Solar Mission: Volt Charging Stations

GM’s Solar Mission: Volt Charging Stations

General Motors wants to make eco-friendly cars and make sure some of those cars get eco-friendly source of electricity. That's the idea behind the company's $7.5 million equity investment in Sunlogics.