Fords Dealerships Will Run on Clean Energy

Ford's Dealerships Will Run on Clean Energy

Nov. 10, 2014
Ford will invest nearly $750,000 to install wind sail and solar panel systems at four Ford dealerships to help power dealership facilities, electric vehicle charging stations and lot lighting.

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.
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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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