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.  

System Size

Annual Generation

Completion Date

890 kW

1.1 GWh Projected

April 2019

        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

Jack Fitzgerald
Founder/Chairman Fitz Auto Mall
Mary Beth Tung
Director, Maryland Energy Administration
Aurora Energy President Ghashang Navabi
with Dr. Mary Beth Tung
Del. Kumar Barve
Mike Ryan
Vice President, Aurora Energy Inc.
Jack Fitzgerald
and Mike Ryan
Jack Fitzgerald
and Sen. Nancy King
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Annual offset equivalents:

Equal to energy used by


Carbon sequestration of

acres of forest

Saving Carbon Dioxide emissions equal to

pounds of coal burned
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