Fitzgerald Auto Mall


890 kW


1.1 GWh


915 acres of forest


850,383 lbs. not burned


“The solar canopy on the parking garage just made sense for us. Customer’s cars and inventory are shaded while the panels generate energy on site. It’s a win-win that aligns perfectly with our Environmental Management System that’s certified to ISO 14001.”
jack fitzgerald
Founder & Chairman, Fitzgerald Auto Mall

customer's goals

Fitzgerald Auto Mall was looking for a way to offset energy use, reduce operating costs and provide shaded parking on top of its newly-constructed parking garage for its customer vehicles and fleet.

aurora's solution

Aurora designed and installed an 890 kW long-span canopy PV system for the parking garage, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The system utilizes 2,475 SunPower® 360-watt modules to cover the top of a 44,600 square foot parking garage—the equivalent of just over one acre of solar.

project results

Fitzgerald Auto Mall’s solar canopy is expected to offset 83% of the auto
mall’s existing campus power needs, saving the organization an estimated $258,000 in electricity costs in the first year alone and is projected to reducethe organization’s carbon emissions by more than 19,000 metric tons over the next 25 years.

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