Colonial Nissan to be First Solar-Powered Dealership in Virginia

CMA's Colonial Nissan has begun construction on a one-of-a-kind solar superstructure atop their building on Route 29 in Charlottesville. The unique project will have a roof consisting of 480 solar panels, which will produce over 214,000 kWh annually and will generate 93% of the electricity needed to power the dealership.

“We see investments like this as our corporate responsibility and believe in sustainable energy. It’s also good business to reduce energy load and costs,” said Liza Borches, President and CEO of Carter Myers Automotive. “We’re already the number one all-electric Nissan LEAF dealer in Central Virginia. Expanding upon our sales of environmentally friendly vehicles and focusing on internal sustainability is the next step forward.”

Wanting to incorporate solar into their facility but having limited roof space, CMA's Colonial Nissan collaborated with leading solar energy firm Sun Tribe Solar to design the unconventional garage superstructure which will not only house the solar array, but also serve as shelter from the weather to vehicles parked below. Sun Tribe Solar is also providing the engineering and construction services for the solar energy system.

“Our team lives for projects like this,” said Taylor Brown, Co-founder of Sun Tribe Solar. “You have a forward-thinking company that realizes the economic and environmental benefits of going solar, but doesn’t have the availability of a typical roof space or ability to use land for a ground mounted system. To be able to work with CMA's Colonial Nissan on this solution that is clearly outside the box and help them realize their clean energy future, despite the challenges, is what Sun Tribe Solar is all about. We are excited to see it come to life and hope that it encourages other businesses in the area to follow Colonial Nissan’s lead.”

Construction on the CMA's Colonial Nissan solar array is expected to be completed in June of 2018. Once complete, the new 163kW solar array will reduce CMA's Colonial Nissan’s CO2 emissions by 191 tons annually. In addition to the new solar energy system, Colonial Nissan now offers the all new 2018 Nissan LEAF, an entirely electric car which boasts 90 miles of travel on just a 30-minute charge.

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