By Terry Troy
Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights has been selected as Green Energy Ohio’s “Business of the Year.” Trevor Gile, general manager of Motorcars Honda, and Chuck Gile, president of Motorcars Honda and Motorcars Toyota, accepted the award last weekend at Green Energy Ohio’s 15th Annual Meeting in Columbus.
“Five years ago, we never thought that we would be going down this path,” says Trevor Gile, “but as our employees became more involved and concerned with the environment, we started to learn about some of the various options available to help. As a company, Honda has always been at the forefront of using green technology, so it seemed like a natural fit for us.”
This year, the dealership installed a state-of-the art 335 kW solar canopy system. It is the largest single covered solar structure at a dealership in the country.
The solar panels are projected to reduce the dealership’s carbon footprint by an amount that is the equivalent of the carbon generated by the vehicles the dealership sells in a year, every year moving forward. The panel will reduce the dealership’s grid-based energy needs by 50 to 75 percent, while producing 1.3 megawatt hours of electricity per day, or enough to power approximately 40 homes.
The canopy structure’s steel beams are also made from 80 percent recycled cars.
“That really ties everything together,” adds Gile. “Not only are we eliminating the carbon footprint of the vehicles we sell, but we are also re-purposing old vehicles that have been destroyed.”