Fitzgerald Auto Mall Gaithersburg
Fitzgerald Auto Mall decided to utilize a solar canopy on its new five-story on-site parking garage built by Porter Construction. Going solar was a natural next step for the Fitzgerald campus, since their green practicecs have resulted in the company vastly increasing its recycling efforts, setting energy efficiency goals, and buying renewable energy through their supplier.
1.1 GWh Projected
Already a member of the Clean Energy Partnership and the EPA’s Leadership Club as a Green Power Partner, the company recognizes the importance of clean energy purchasing. Producing their own with this 890 kW was a natural next step.
Aurora was able to secure valuable financial incentives for Fitzgerald, including a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration’s Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with EV Charger Grant Program. The first year savings for going solar will be $258,000, and through the life of the system the savings will be an impressive $5.2 million with 83% of the campus’s electric needs offset by clean energy. This system will offset 21,000,000 tons of coal not burned.
“The solar canopy on the parking garage just made sense for us. Customer’s cars and inventory are shaded while the panels generate energy on-site. It’s a win-win that aligns perfectly with our Environmental Management System that’s certified to ISO 140001”
–Jack Fitzgerald, Founder/Chairman, Fitzgerald Auto Mall
Solar Canopy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
May 15, 2019
Founder/Chairman Fitz Auto Mall
Director, Maryland Energy Administration
with Dr. Mary Beth Tung
Vice President, Aurora Energy Inc.
and Mike Ryan
and Sen. Nancy King
Annual offset equivalents:
Equal to energy used by
Carbon sequestration of
Saving Carbon Dioxide emissions equal to