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Nationwide Automotive Dealers Aren’t Saving Money with Solar

That’s Right–They’re Making Money

Dealers can convert their solar power production into lucrative passive revenue for 25+ years, following a structure that is similar to reinsurance. Smart for potential downstream Buy/Sell activities as well. Freedom Solar leads the largest auto industry solar project with a goal of 250MW installed amongst 2,500 auto dealers by December 2025. We are already well on our way.

33 megawatts (MW)

of solar power installed or committed for auto dealers across the United States.

$106 million

estimated collective savings over the lifetime of our clients’ systems.

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We’ve installed solar at dealerships showing everything from Mazdas to Maseratis. Our nationwide installation team is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). We understand the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities facing today’s Dealer Principals and dealerships. 

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Rooftop arrays and carport options with integrated EV charging generate cash flow and revenue from your solar array while taking advantage of time sensitive rebates and fantastic incentives such as zero-down financing and even reduce your Open Lot (DOL) insurance costs.

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Read more about us in Automotive News magazine!

Thinking of solar? Get the Numbers, Fast

Request a Free Dealership Analysis

Let us crunch the numbers specific to your dealership, facility, and electricity consumption. You’ll have all your numbers with rebates, incentives, and costs. Get your free dealership analysis and take away the guesswork.

We respect your privacy. Your info will only be used to contact you and to qualify your roof for solar.
By clicking “Contact Me” you authorize Freedom Solar to call you and send you pre-recorded messages and text messages at the number you entered above, using an autodialer, with offers about their products or services, even if your phone number is a mobile phone or on any national or state “Do Not Call” list. Message and data rates may apply. Your consent here is not based on a condition of purchase.

Active Member of Many Auto Dealer Associations

Events Calendar

We offer educational events in partnership with state and regional auto dealer associations. Register for one of our upcoming webinars to learn more about how solar can make your dealership more money:

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Solar & EV Charging Webinar

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 12pm CDT
for the North Texas Auto Dealer Association (NTXAD).

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Solar/EV Charging Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11am-12pm ET
for the Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA). Register for the webinar.

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Electrify! Solar/EV Charging Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 1pm-2pm ET
for the National Auto Dealer Association (NADA). Register for the webinar.

If you miss these events, please contact Ryan Ferrero to check availability of recorded webinars or to learn the future schedule.

Create Cash Flow and Revenue from Your Lot’s Solar Array

Dealers across the country report rising electric costs from utility companies, particularly in areas already prone to brownouts and blackouts from high power demand. The emerging concept of local or “retail” power from micro solar arrays promises to be a more reliable method for distributing electricity.

Learn how this Ford & Chevy dealership reduced large monthly expenses exponentially with $500,000 of projected 25-year savings.

See our recent Sandpoint, Idaho installation for Taylor & Sons Chevrolet.

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Federal energy conservation efforts currently support the inevitability of distributed electricity generation with a massive—but declining—rebate. Solar installations that start construction in 2021 or 2022 will receive a whopping 26% federal solar investment tax credit (ITC). By 2024, the rebate drops to only 10%.

When dealers receive one of our custom proposals, they’re often surprised to see the real-world impact of a 26% discount applied not only to the solar panels but also for associated equipment and structures such as inventory-protecting solar carports.

More than any other factor, this 26% rebate provides the short-term cash flow and long-term revenue that outperforms most traditional investments. Read more in the ROI section below.

Auto dealers are positioned to benefit from solar energy in numerous ways. Solar alleviates high energy costs from air-conditioned showrooms, lot lights, and extended operating hours.

Kyle Frazier, Chief Revenue Officer at Freedom Solar

I calculated that it will cost almost four times more to charge an EV with a level 2 charger than to refuel a 40mpg car. With our electricity usage going up as the fleet electrifies, solar makes complete sense for our dealership.

Greg Taylor, Taylor & Sons Chevrolet in Ponderay, Idaho

Automotive Solar System Sizing and Cost-Saving Arrays

Since 2014, Freedom Solar has installed SunPower premium solar panels to help auto dealers leverage multiple benefits. As the largest solar installer in Texas, Freedom Solar is the only SunPower Master Dealer in multiple states.

30 YEAR

track record of successful solar projects

45%

estimated collective savings over the lifetime of our clients’ systems.

25 YEAR

industry-leading power and product warranty.

SunPower panels are more durable and longer-lasting than nearly any other panel on the market to maximize your return on investment for the lifetime of your system. Since 2009, SunPower’s national network of highly trained commercial dealers have collectively installed more than 4,000 projects totaling over 4.5 gigawatts, making SunPower the leading U.S. commercial solar installer.

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SunPower delivers the world’s best solar panels that are warrantied to produce at least 92% of their original output 25 years later, though data indicates it’s closer to 97%. Freedom Solar’s partnership with SunPower simplifies regular servicing and warranty matters.

Whether you’re retrofitting a structure for a solar installation or you’re constructing a new structure or structures, Freedom Solar is happy to help you find the perfect solution for your dealership. Freedom works with all franchises in all 50 States, and offers rebates and support for all NADA Members.

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Freedom Solar took care of everything. They answered our questions, walked us through the process, and handled all permitting paperwork associated with our installation, including the utility interconnection agreement and rebate incentive documents. It was a complete turnkey solution.

Dan Covert, Covert Chevy and Ford

Freedom Solar’s Ryan Ferrero Helps You Make Money on Solar

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The Freedom Solar team is led by sustainability expert and long-time domestic and import Dealer Principal, Ryan Ferrero. Ferrero knows the complexities of the auto industry firsthand and how timely the financial argument has become to integrate renewable energy to help reduce unnecessary fixed expenses and acquire new customers along the way.

Freedom Solar loves giving dealerships the keys to this powerhouse revenue driver that’s like no other. We’re on a mission to install 2,500 franchised dealers by December 2025.

Ryan Ferrero, awarded domestic/import Dealer Principal

Ryan Ferrero founded the largest U.S. auto industry solar project with over 30MW towards the 250MW auto industry goal by 2025.  Ferrero regularly speaks with entrepreneurs about accelerating the adoption of sustainable technologies.  As an awarded domestic and import Dealer Principal, (Top Five U.S. Chrysler Dealer in Customer Satisfaction, #1 volume Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dealer in Colorado, Springwise Top 20 U.S. Business Ideas, and Award of Merit by Engineering News) Ferrero knows the complexities of the auto industry firsthand and how renewable energy can help solve its most pressing challenges. He spoke to the US Senate, featured on high-profile media outlets, CNN/Fox/NBC and Fast Company.

Contact Ryan at 970-214-4433 or rferrero@freedomsolarpower.com

Maximize Your Solar ROI

In the following sections, we’ll cover multiple strategies for maximizing your solar return on investment. We’ll discuss common investment structures, financing options, calculating your internal rate of return, slashing high insurance payments, and special cost-saving solar arrays that offer unique benefits for the automotive industry.

Freedom Solar loves giving dealerships the keys to this powerhouse revenue driver that’s like no other. We’re on a mission to install 2,500 franchised dealers by December 2025.

Ryan Ferrero, awarded domestic/import Dealer Principal

Driving on Sunshine: How to Finance Solar Projects

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Thanks to a range of financing options, installing solar power can be quicker and easier than you might think. The four main options are PACE financing, a power purchase agreement, a lease, or a cash purchase. 

When you sign up for a free dealer feasibility analysis, Freedom Solar calculates all the financing options for your state and lists any other local incentives that may be available. Interested in protecting working capital with true zero-down financing options? We’ll show you the numbers for a solar-specific program that provides up to 7 years of zero-down financing.

GET YOUR FREE SOLAR SAVINGS ASSESSMENT

Sign up for your free dealership analysis, and we will give you everything you need for a go/no-go decision upfront. You’ll receive a turn-key proposal detailing the full incentives driving your projected ROI. Our nationwide installation team has more experience installing PV for auto dealers than any other company you’re likely to find.

We respect your privacy. Your info will only be used to contact you and to qualify your roof for solar.
By clicking “Contact Me” you authorize Freedom Solar to call you and send you pre-recorded messages and text messages at the number you entered above, using an autodialer, with offers about their products or services, even if your phone number is a mobile phone or on any national or state “Do Not Call” list. Message and data rates may apply. Your consent here is not based on a condition of purchase.

CUT YOUR OPEN LOT INSURANCE IN HALF

Dealers’ Open Lot (DOL) insurance provides physical damage coverage for a dealership’s inventory. If your dealership is in a hail-prone area, you already know the exorbitant costs of this coverage and the risks entailed with skipping coverage. 

Full DOL coverage may include fleet damages caused by fire, lightning, explosion, theft, windstorm, hail, earthquake, flood, mischief, or vandalism. Dealers want to know that the tempered glass of SunPower panels can withstand hail and other extreme weather without damage. In the following video, Kyle Frazier, Chief Revenue Officer at Freedom Solar, explains SunPower’s stringent solar panel testing that ensures maximum resistance to hail. For example, one test stacks the equivalent of 2 tons of bricks on top of the tempered glass while it maintains integrity.

In order to protect their fleets, some dealerships have adopted half-measures like unattractive netting to cover the most expensive part of the fleet. Much more attractive solutions include ROI generation with solar tents or sturdier steel fabricated carports covered with durable, money-making solar panels.

It’s important to note that netting and canopy-style vehicle protection solutions have a lifespan of only 8-10 years. If your dealership is interested in reducing or eliminating high DOL costs, Ryan Ferrero’s team is happy to calculate the costs and incentives of a Freedom Solar carport installation for maximum vehicle protection that will last the lifespan of your solar system.

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Freedom Solar Carports offer best-in-class aesthetics, greatly improve your customer’s experience, dramatically reduce or eliminate your Dealers’ Open Lot expenses, and support you with ongoing revenue and ROI for 25+ years.

Freedom Solar Is Your End-to-End Solar Concierge

We give you full end-to-end solar solutions including site analysis, engineering, design, financing, all rebate and incentive applications, construction, and monitoring.

Our experienced project management team handles everything from start to finish, from installation, permitting, and inspections, making sure each customer receives the best quality and experience possible.

Freedom Solar took care of everything. They answered our questions, walked us through the process, and handled all permitting paperwork associated with our installation, including the utility interconnection agreement and rebate incentive documents. It was a complete turnkey solution.

Dan Covert, Covert Chevy and Ford
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We offer consulting, design, installation, and operations & maintenance services to auto dealers across the country, giving you the benefits of both national solar experience, local expertise, and on-the-ground construction teams from your neighborhood.

Craft A Renewable Energy Business Plan

Relying on your utility company to provide 100% of your electricity is a business plan for the 20th century. Today, key players like GM are planning to spend $27 billion releasing 20 new EVs for North America by 2025. Dealers with more electric vehicles in your product mix will see huge increases in operating expenses due to EV charging. 

Taking advantage of the federal ITC rebate before it falls away is key to maximizing your solar investment potential. From rooftop systems to carports that protect your inventory while generating electricity, Freedom Solar will help your dealership harness the revenue you can generate from the sun.

LET’S GET STARTED

Get your unique feasibility assessment covering your dealership’s essential investment factors. We give you a turnkey proposal with fully engineered designs, a best-in-class warranty, and permitting and inspection fulfillment. The time is now to lower your costs and tax liability, before the federal investment tax credit steps down after 2022.

We respect your privacy. Your info will only be used to contact you and to qualify your roof for solar.
By clicking “Contact Me” you authorize Freedom Solar to call you and send you pre-recorded messages and text messages at the number you entered above, using an autodialer, with offers about their products or services, even if your phone number is a mobile phone or on any national or state “Do Not Call” list. Message and data rates may apply. Your consent here is not based on a condition of purchase.