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18% more energy  |

is consumed by car dealerships than a typical office building.

That equates to about $2B in annual energy costs across the industry. This number is only rising as energy prices continue to climb and the proliferation of electric vehicles place higher energy demands in showrooms, service bays, and sales lots.

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Savvy dealers must be proactive:

Amidst an increasingly competitive automotive landscape, softening demand, and shrinking margins, the most successful dealers are proactively managing spending to reduce operating expenses.

Make Your Own Electricity!

  • Create a new source of capital by reducing your reliance on the power utility
  • Improve your bottom line and avoid rising utility expenses
  • Hedge against market fluctuations and reduced profit margins
  • Future-proof your dealership for tomorrow's EV-focused marketplace

Arizona Chapman Car Dealerships Go Solar With Sun Valley Solar Solutions
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Toyota of Vallejo will Save Nearly $4m with Solar & Energy Efficiency
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Align with Corporate Sustainability Goals and Environmentally Conscious Consumers

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Sustainability is good for business. Demonstrating that your dealership cares about the health of your local community will engender trust. This is particularly important among female customers, who influence 80% of vehicle buying decisions, and millennials who are far more inclined to purchase from businesses they see as environmentally aware.

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Add Car Chargers and Drive on Sunshine

Electric vehicles are the future, and dealerships will need to keep demo vehicles and service loaners fully topped off at all times. Don’t increase your electric bill. Let Arizona’s abundant sunshine fill the tank.

Because of these trends, many automobile manufacturers have deployed their own sustainability programs that auto dealerships can benefit from. Some examples include:

Go Green Sustainability Program
Green Dealer Program, where GM is the leading U.S. brand with a sustainability initiative. GM is leveraging energy efficiency with onsite and offsite renewable energy solutions to reach its 100% renewable energy goal by 2050
Green Dealer Program, where the company leads all automakers with 12 LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America
Green Program 2022 and Nissan Green Shop certification system include goals for reducing CO2 in its buildings
Eco-Friendly Retailer Program in partnership with Green Dealer Support (GDS)
Environmental Challenge 2050, where Toyota is the only brand in the top 10 retailers for LEED certification.
Every Tesla vehicle is electric. Simply plug in to drive on sunshine. 

Solar Carports Sweeten the Deal

Solar carports provide cooler parking options while generating additional electricity at the same time. Solar tax incentives can be applied to shade additions so long as they incorporate solar panels into their design.

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The 30% Solar Investment
Tax Credit 

Available through the year 2019, after that the incentive drops to 26% in 2020, and then 22% in 2021 before dropping permanently to 10% for commercial projects at the end of 2021. 

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MACRS Investment Depreciation

Every commercial solar system qualifies for the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS),  as a method of depreciation in which a business’ investments are recovered, over a specified period of time. 

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Additional Commercial Solar Incentives

There may be future commercial solar incentives that are announced. It's always good to ask a Sun Valley Solar Solutions commercial solar consultant about the latest Arizona commercial solar incentives. 

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Cash/Loan
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Buy your solar system outright. Keep your tax incentives.

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Lease
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Monthly fee for use of equipment. Tax incentives to lease holder.

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