In a pilot program with Wind Energy Corp., four Ford (IW 500/6) dealerships will be supplied with 20,000 kilowatts of electricity annually.
Wind Energy will invest nearly $750,000 to install wind sail and solar panel systems at the dealerships. Each Windy System will help power dealership facilities, electric vehicle charging stations and lot lighting.
The energy being supplied is equivalent to charging the Ford Focus Electric 870 times, Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi 2,600 times each. Using one Windy System will offset nearly 14 tons of greenhouse gases per year.
“This is yet another innovative tool to help Ford and its dealers address a global sustainability challenge,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford.
Each system includes highly efficient wind sail technology that harvests wind energy and an integrated 7-kilowatt solar array. Ford dealers will use the electricity to power their buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and lot lighting. The wind sails will be emblazoned with the Ford blue oval logo and the name of the dealership.
Participating dealers are electric vehicle-certified and were selected by Ford and Wind Energy Corp. for both their exceptional commitment to clean energy and their wind and solar-efficient locations. Installations of the systems are set to begin in early 2015 and be completed by spring. Once installed, the dealerships will keep the systems permanently.
Participating dealers are:
- Dana Ford Lincoln, Staten Island, New York
- Tom Holzer Ford, Farmington Hills, Mich.
- The Ford Store, Morgan Hill, Calif.
- Fiesta Ford, Indio, Calif.