Chrysler has recognized 30 dealerships for adopting “environmentally friendly” practices. One, Westgate in Raleigh, N.C., installed 420 solar panels on its service department roof to take advantage of North Carolina’s sunshine. Rather than using the energy in the dealership, Westgate sells it to the region’s electric power company at a fixed rate, saving $1,800 to $3,000 per month, depending on the season. An LCD monitor in the showroom that displays current, daily, monthly, and annual system performance; the local weather; a view of the solar panels, and how the system works. Like Westgate, dealerships typically have service departments with large flat or slightly-slanted roofs, which are friendly for mounting solar panels. Westgate also installed clean-burn furnaces that use waste oil to heat the service department. This is the second group of dealers to be recognized under the Dealer ECO Program launched in 2011 by the Chrysler Group Network Development organization and the..
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