Fisher Auto Parts, one of the largest regional auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America, announced today that the installation of a 63.7 kW photovoltaic solar energy system has been completed at their Staunton, VA headquarters.
STAUNTON, VA, March 9, 2017 - Fisher Auto Parts, one of the largest regional auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America, announced today that the installation of a 63.7 kW photovoltaic solar energy system has been completed at their Staunton, VA headquarters. The goal of the system is to enable the building to produce 82% of its electricity from the sun, making it one of the first companies in the area to install a system of this capacity.
Fisher Auto Parts worked with Charlottesville, VA-based Sun Tribe Solar, a leader in the development, engineering, and installation of large-scale solar photovoltaic systems, to bring their vision of a sustainable workplace to life. The system features high efficiency monocrystalline solar panels with DC optimizers and a web based monitoring portal that makes it easy for all Fisher employees to see how much sunlight their roof has converted to electricity.
"At Fisher, we are proud to be part of the solar movement that is taking off in Virginia," said Joe Vaughn, CFO at Fisher Auto Parts. "Installing this system is not only a good decision for the environment, but it allows our business to lower operation costs. This ultimately allows us to invest more in customer service and employee programs. Everybody wins."
"We are honored to work with Fisher Auto Parts on this project and are excited to have another Virginia company joining the renewable energy family," said Taylor Brown, Co-Founder of Sun Tribe Solar. "With the price of solar technology at an all-time low, Virginia's implementation of renewables is on the rise. With more and more companies like Fisher seeing the economic value, we pride ourselves in being able to provide companies a seamless, turnkey product."
While Virginia ranks 32nd in the country in state installed solar capacity, it is starting to see rapid growth in the solar space. According to SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association), Virginia is expected to install more than 25 times the solar electric capacity in the next five years as it did in the past five years. Also, the number of Virginians working in the solar industry increased by 65% in 2016, placing it among the fastest job growth states in the country.
About Fisher Auto Parts
The company was founded in Staunton, Virginia 1929 by Blair Coiner just as the country was headed into the "Great Depression". With a single A Model T 1-ton truck he sold auto parts to car dealers, service stations and garages from Winchester, VA to North Carolina. Extraordinary customer service was the answer to survival then, as it is now. Over 87 years later under the leadership of Blair Coiner's grandson, the company is thriving in the highly competitive industry of Automobile Aftermarket Parts and Accessories. With hundreds of locations in 17 states and thousands of employees we continue to strive each and every day to exceed customer expectations and provide exceptional value to the professional installer.
About Sun Tribe Solar
Sun Tribe Solar is a leading solar energy company based in Charlottesville, VA. The Sun Tribe team has over 500MW of renewable energy design and installation experience and has worked with organizations such as the University of Virginia, Fisher Auto Parts, and Riverbend Development to help them achieve their renewable energy goals.
Sun Tribe Solar is one of the fastest growing private solar energy companies in Virginia and is a fully insured, Class A Alternative Energy Systems contractor licensed in the Commonwealth. For more information on how Sun Tribe Solar can help strengthen your financial operations while reinforcing your brand's commitment to sustainability, please visit www.suntribesolar.com.