Stan's Harley-Davidson to install solar energy system

Publish Date: 
Aug 13, 2013

BATAVIA, N.Y. - Stan’s Harley-Davidson is going solar. The dealership recently placed a $574,000 order for a 166kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array for the store.

"Now is the time for us to invest into the solar market, especially with all of the tax credits and incentives available for New York businesses. We have focused on reducing our power consumption to a point where this 166kW solar PV system will generate all of our electricity needed on a yearly basis," dealer principal Darryl Horzempa said.

"Making this investment in solar will fix our energy costs moving forward, and help better plan for future generations in our family business," Horzempa added. "This solar PV array is one of the centerpieces of our sustainability initiative, along with our environmental outlook and recycling programs."

Stan's Harley-Davidson is a second-generation dealership with a 28,000 sq. ft. facility on the north side of Batavia. The solar system will be composed of more than 600 American-made solar panels mounted on the store's roof. The 166kW system will be tied into the building's existing electrical service and interconnected to national grid's transmission lines.

The solar photovoltaic array from Arista Power is projected to generate 100 percent of Stan's current annual consumption of electricity and will provide a payback of just over seven years after taking in account New York State and federal incentives. Arista Power expects to install the solar PV array in the fourth quarter of this year.

Posted by Holly Wagner