Envision Solar kicked off a nationwide PV + EV initiative with General Motors recently. A Fremont, Calif. Cadillac Buick GMC location will become the first U.S. dealer to deploy Envison Solar’s Solar Tree® array when an installation is completed early in 2013.
The Solar Tree generates approximately 33,000 kWh of clean renewable energy from a highly architecturally accretive platform. Equipped with integrated EV charging stations, the Solar Tree® can generate enough renewable energy to completely charge six electric vehicles each day.
“The Solar Tree® array installation is expected to be completed by early next year, so Fremont Cadillac Buick GMC will start accessing the energy by the first quarter of 2013. They will be the first dealership in the program which is very exciting,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO at Envision Solar.
EnvisonTrak system tracks sun Envision Solar’s proprietary tracking system, EnvisionTrak™, allows the array to follow the sun and capture more of its energy, increasing electrical output by nearly 25 percent over typical fixed solar installations.
The initiative will significantly lessen Fremont Cadillac Buick GMC’s carbon footprint. The Solar Tree® array will create a reduction of the dealership’s greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 2,500 gallons of gas consumed or 52 barrels of oil per year. The carbon offset will be greater than that produced by five acres of pine forest or that created by diverting eight tons of waste from a landfill.
“It’s very exciting to be the first dealership to roll out this nationwide initiative,” said Jessie Dosanjh, General Manager of Fremont Cadillac Buick GMC. “We’re proud to take on a leadership role in this movement and encourage other Cadillac dealerships in the country to do the same.”
The Fremont Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 5939 Auto Mall Parkway, Fremont, Calif.