Sharp Solar Panels Top Auto Dealership

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

Monrovia, California – December 5, 2002 [] Final installation of the 60 kW array is under way on the roof of Sierra Autocars, a third-generation, family owned dealership, based in Monrovia, California. The system was designed and installed by 3 Phases Solar, a division of California-based green energy service provider 3 Phases Energy Services. Sierra Autocars President Peter Hoffman, a self-described solar enthusiast who drives a hybrid car, cited concern for the environment among the reasons his company choose solar energy. “I have personally been interested in solar energy systems for a long time,” said Hoffman. “Now, for the first time since I’ve been looking at it, tapping the sun for electricity makes economic sense.” A rebate offered by Southern California Edison Company, offset half of the price of the array, and other state and federal tax incentives for Renewable Energy contributed as well. The array consists of 384 Sharp 165 W modules mounted on Professional Solar Products racks and two Xantrex inverters, according to Grant Vospher, 3 Phase Solar director of sales. Vospher said the project is the largest installation 3 Phases Solar has done during its first year as a solar systems installer. “Most of our projects have been residential,” said Vospher. “We’re looking to focus more on the commercial market in the future.” The PV array, mounted on Sierra Autocars’ Honda and Chevrolet service bays, should generate approximately 10 percent of the dealership’s electricity needs. Prior to this installation, Sierra had already reduced its electricity use by over 20 percent through conservation effort over the last couple of years. Vospher said Hoffman choose the Sharp modules after learning that the company had begun offering its modules in the United States, in part due to the company’s 25 year warranty on the modules.
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