Texas Porsche dealership goes solar

porsche-SASAN ANTONIO, Texas — Germany continues to be the world solar power leader, and Porsche is a German automaker, so why not install a big solar system if you’re a Porsche dealer in the United States?

That’s exactly what Porsche of San Antonio has done.

Solar Community recently completed installation of a 20 kW solar PV system for the dealership located at I-10 West near Wurzbach.

“We are thrilled to have teamed up with Porsche of San Antonio to spread sustainability and clean energy,” said Shelby Ruff, vice president of sales of Solar Community. “This project was particularly fun from the scope of the system, to the style of the very interesting building, upcoming LEED status of the building due to green building practices, and everything in between.”

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The San Antonio solar PV installation mirrors, on a smaller scale, what Porsche has done at home in Germany. Early in 2010, at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Porsche installed a large solar PV system capable of generating nearly two million kWh of electricity annually.

The system was constructed using 87 Schuco 230 watt solar panels. Also included in the system are 87 Enphase M-215 Microinverters. The microinverter technology allows for monitoring of the system’s production as a whole as well as the monitoring of each individual panel’s production.

In addition to installing the 20 kW solar system, Porsche of San Antonio’s main building is now being certified as a LEED GOLD building.

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