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Arizona Tire and Auto Repair Business Runs on Solar Energy

published: 2012-09-07 14:36

MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules generate over 100 kW of clean energy for tire and automotive business; planning extension for further locations

MAGE SOLAR, a turn-key solar PV-system solution provider and Sunquest Solar, an Arizona based integrator are celebrating the completion of the first two photovoltaic systems at Superior Tire Corporation in Northwest Arizona.

The rooftop arrays are the first and second of four solar grid-tied PV-installations that the family owned tire business has decided to realize. The first system is a 53.3 kW array at the company’s Kingman location and has produced well over 80 MWh since its commission last November. A 49.5kW system was just completed at another branch in Fort Mohave. Combined the two solar systems total over 430 high efficiency, maximum performance MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules and are guaranteed to deliver clean, reliable power over the next thirty years. Once two additional systems at the company’s other locations are completed, Superior Tire will generate 200kW of energy, enough to offset 217 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

“Our solar projects are only one part of our overall plan to operate above and beyond regulations as an example to our community of our commitment to the health of the environment,” says Kelly Burgess, Superior Tire’s Vice President. “The challenging, yet exciting part of our plan is to develop systems and strategies that accomplish our goals without creating a negative impact on our bottom line.  Our MAGE SOLAR systems from Sunquest Solar are exceeding our expectations.”

“Our Team at Sunquest Solar is proud to have supported Superior Tire and the Burgess Family in their decision to incorporate Solar Energy as a business model for their tire and auto repair facilities,” Glenn Roehl, President of Sunquest Solar Inc., added. “The family had the vision to realize the tremendous value, benefit and return on investment that solar PV provides.  Superior Tire Corporation is setting an excellent example for other business owners and community leaders to follow to be more sustainable by integrating renewable energy solutions in their business practices as well as operations”.

The systems were funded in part by a rebate program from the local utilities Unisource and Mohave Electric Company, the 1603 federal grant by the U.S. Department of Treasury as well as a 10% state tax credit for solar installations. The installation in Kingman is also the first one in Mohave County that received a grant from the USDA’s Rural Energy Assistance Program.

“The installation of these two arrays shows not only the deep commitment to clean energy by the system owner but also that solar makes good sense from a business standpoint,” says Joe Thomas, President and CEO of MAGE SOLAR USA. “It is a wonderful example on how utilizing unused space can actually save money on one of the highest expenses every business has. With that said, I would also like to thank Sunquest Solar for designing and installing these arrays extremely skillfully and competently so they will guarantee the owner the highest payback on his investment for decades.”

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