Dimmitt Chevrolet, in Clearwater, has converted its entire 13-acre facility to operating, fully on solar power.
The yearlong project was completed in December, and has now undergone a commissioning process with Duke Energy that allowed connection to the grid and its network, according to a statement.
“When considering the positive impact on the environment and the increased energy demands of a majority electric vehicle inventory, the decision to invest in solar made sense,” said Lawrence Dimmitt III, the owner of Dimmitt Chevrolet, in a statement. “We are proud to be one of the first dealerships in the Tampa Bay area to make this important change.”
Dimmitt Chevrolet’s solar energy system is expected to generate more than one million kilowatts of power per year, compared to the dealership’s current average usage of 855,000 kilowatts, and it will account for almost 130 percent of the dealership’s power needs, with the excess power generated being supplied back to the power grid, the statement said.
Dimmitt Chevrolet was established in 1924 and employs more than 110 people.[image_slider_no_space on_click=”prettyphoto” height=”300″ images=”24247,24246,24245″]