Longtime Roseville auto dealer John L. Sullivan believes “going green” goes beyond selling environmentally friendly motor vehicles.
“If we’re going to ask people to buy an electric vehicle from us, the least we can do is give back to the community,” he said.
On Thursday, Sullivan, public officials and green energy advocates gathered at Sullivan’s Roseville Toyota dealership to mark the upcoming completion of a $5.7 million energy efficiency retrofit and solar installation that will foster an estimated $2.9 million in energy savings over the next 25 years.
The improvements at Roseville Toyota and at nearby John L. Sullivan Chevrolet in the Roseville Automall include hundreds of mounted solar panels; interior/exterior LED lighting; a high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; and a cool roof.
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The green project was done in partnership with mPower, the Auburn-based program that provides fixed-rate, no money down financing to resident, commercial, industrial and agricultural entities aiming to make energy improvements, institute water-conservation measures or invest in renewable energy systems.
Launched in 2010, mPower operates in Auburn, Colfax, Folsom, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville and unincorporated areas of Placer County.
Project contractors included Next Step Energy Inc., Sierra Valley Home Corp., Pro-Tech Roofing Systems and Elk Grove’s Spectrum Energy Development Inc.
mPower has partnered with other auto sellers in the Sacramento area.
In March 2015, officials of the Folsom Lake Ford dealership in the Folsom Automall signed a contract for a $1.6 million energy-efficiency retrofit and solar power project made available through the city of Folsom's green energy financing program, mPOWER Folsom.