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El Dorado Chevrolet Participates in Net Zero Renewable Energy Initiative

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El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas, recently announced that it will become one of the first net zero car dealers nationwide. It has partnered with Sunfinity Renewable Energy and Ratliff Group to install a 1-megawatt 3,456 solar panel canopy in the near future. The energy generated from this solar canopy will enable the dealership’s 28-acre facility to run solely on solar power.  

John Billingsley, chairman and CEO of Sunfinity, explained how the new solar panel will help power the electric grid while reducing carbon emissions. “The project helps the Texas grid by supplying power when it’s most needed. And […] El Dorado will be offsetting a significant amount of CO2 — equivalent to replacing over 35 million pounds of coal burned.”

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The solar panel canopy will also protect the dealership’s inventory from sun rays as well as hail damage, two common weather conditions in Texas. Bennett Ratliff, president of The Ratliff Group, expressed confidence in the imminent installation of the canopy. “We believe this is a solution that delivers incredible value for El Dorado Chevrolet and will be a model for the industry.”

A more eco-friendly future

The solar canopy isn’t the only part of the green energy project for El Dorado Chevrolet. The dealership is also implementing a recycling program to reduce solid waste disposal by 35 percent or more. It’s also incorporating low-maintenance plants that need little irrigation into its current landscape. 

Per Clean Technica, the canopy has an estimated lifespan of three decades. Over the course of its life, it should save the company $4 million in utility costs while generating more than 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. 

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News Source: Clean Technica