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.    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 system 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 provided by the sun.  This system will offset 21,000,000 tons of coal not burned.

Annual offset equivalents:

Equal to energy used by


Carbon sequestration of

acres of forest

Saving Carbon Dioxide emissions equal to

pounds of coal burned

Source:  Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Solar Canopy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

May 15, 2019

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