Plymouth based Van Horn Automotive has solar energy power at the new Hyundai auto dealership in Sheboygan on 5525 Racetrack Road along Interstate I-43.
The solar energy produced is expected to generate 15% of the electricity used in the high efficiency new building for the next 25 years. The project was completed in about a week with the installation of 72 solar panels, inverters, and final wiring. Other auto dealers are doing the same. Arch installed a large system on Kune’s Ford in Delavan in 2018 and has several more automotive dealership contracts in place.
According to Chuck Van Horn of Van Horn Automotive, solar is a good investment in many ways. “I have a solar system on my home that Arch did 6 years ago, and it works great. I’d like to try to put solar on all our stores. Solar is a clean form of energy, it’s reliable, and it’s cost effective.”
The $41,000 project was partially financed with a Focus on Energy Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP) Business Incentive for Solar. The system is designed to reduce energy costs by $4,000 per year or more for the next 25 years. The solar addition adds to the buildings’ other attributes to conserve energy. Designed to be energy efficient, the building will provide LED lighting throughout. Customers will also notice the glass facade wall along the entrance, providing an abundance of natural light into the store.
About Van Horn Automotive Group
Van Horn Automotive Group, Inc. is a family born, employee-owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa, and JP Van Horn, Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 18 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business, and several insurance companies. The group employee over 580 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa.
About Arch Electric
Arch Electric is the leading Solar and Energy Storage Expert in Wisconsin. Arch has over 20 Mega Watts of solar installations in over 800 custom projects, including home supporting battery systems, ground mounted systems, commercial rooftop systems like IKEA in Oak Creek, WI, and every kind of residential and agricultural rooftop system. Arch is a preferred contractor for several national and regional renewable energy developers. Arch is an equal opportunity employer with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower current and future generations to choose a clean sustainable form of energy.