When Porsche decided to construct a new building in Palm Springs, it was designed to serve as a flagship and example for all future dealerships. That included incorporating sustainability into the design throughout, including a rooftop solar installation.
Working with Renova prior to completion of the building, rooftop available space was maximized, allowing room for 576 SunPower 360-Watt modules that are not visible from the street, and don’t interfere with the desired aesthetic of the building.
For Porsche, the initial 30-year savings was projected to be in excess of $2 million over the lifetime of the system, but readjusting it for actual SCE rate increases to date, the savings jump to more than $4.5 million compared to what they would have paid otherwise. In just their first year, the dealership avoided purchasing almost 360,000 KWhs from the utility.