Dealership Goes Green With First ‘Solar Canopy’ - WNEM TV 5

Dealership Goes Green With First ‘Solar Canopy’

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Al Serra Chevrolet in Grand Blanc is going green with the installation of the nation's first Chevrolet Green Zone Solar Canopy.

The canopy is designed to charge cars such as the new Chevrolet Volt in about four hours.

In 2011, more than 500 Green Zone installations are planned for Chevrolet dealerships across North America, with Al Serra Chevrolet being the first in the nation.

"You hear the phrase 'win-win' almost on a daily basis," said Joe Serra, president of Serra Automotive. "It's a win for Al Serra Chevrolet because the electricity generated from the Green Zone will help reduce operating costs. It's a win for the environment because producing solar power will help reduce our overall carbon footprint."

The state-of-the-art system was designed and developed especially for General Motors by Sunlogics, a global leader in solar technology.

According to information released by Sunlogics, a 12-space, Green Zone 20kW canopy will produce up to 36,000 kW hours per year and has the capacity to charge the Volt car approximately 4,500 times.

A second Green Zone installation is currently under way in California.

The Green Zone Solar Canopy can charge 12 vehicles and is located between the Al Serra Chevrolet and Al Serra Cadillac showrooms, along South Saginaw Street.

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