NEW HAVEN — Quality Hyundai is New Haven’s first solar-powered auto dealership.
The dealer has installed 521 solar panels to provide 14,000 kilowatt hours (or 87 percent) of its monthly energy needs. Its August celebratory event was even visited by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Quality Hyundai is located at Forbes Avenue and Peat Meadow Road in a former U.S. Postal Service facility, where it moved from Branford last year. Owner Joe Blichfeldt, who sold solar panel parts back in the 1970s, invested $400,000 into the project, which he says will save between $3,000 and $4,000 per month on energy costs. Additional services and incentives came from the state’s Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit program, which allows Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers who install renewable energy projects to sell energy credits back to CL&P.
The solar panel array was designed by Boston-based Independence Solar, while project construction was handled by Branford’s Pat Munger Construction.