While it’s Honda vehicles that usually make news for their energy-efficient ways, at least one dealership that sells those vehicles is plenty green as well. Rossi Honda in Vineland, N.J., working in conjunction with the automaker’s Environmental Leadership Program, recently was recognized as the first dealership in the country to be “electric grid neutral.” To achieve that status, Rossi produced as much or more of its own power, from renewable energy sources, than it drew from its local utility grid.
And to do that, the dealership deployed a 223-kW photovoltaic solar-power system, as well as new LED lights in its lot. As a result of those efforts and more, Rossi saves the local power grid some 321,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, while slashing CO2 output by about more than 170 tons annually.
Said the dealership’s owner, Ron Rossi: "By becoming the first Electric Grid Neutral dealer in the nation, we want to demonstrate that even automobile dealers, which are big energy consumers, can take a leadership role in being environmentally responsible businesses, and save money at the same time. We encourage all dealers to join us in this effort."
The automaker also honored Rossi Honda with its Platinum Environmental Leadership Award for the accomplishment, with Steven Center, vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in charge of the company's Environmental Business Development Office, noting that: "Rossi Honda has pioneered a new era for automobile dealers in which they too can be environmental leaders. By virtually eliminating CO2 from the consumption of electricity and saving money in the process, Rossi has created a path that other dealers can follow."