Crews from the Lee’s Summit-based MC Power took to the roof of Bryant Motors this week to install a series of solar panels meant to help the business become more energy efficient and reduce energy costs.
Bryant Motors owner Kyle Herrick said the dealership’s solar project is part of an ongoing effort that has already included oil furnaces that burn waste oil from oil changes and the replacement of car lot lights with higher-output, lower-power usage LED lights.
“We are always looking at ways to be more efficient and reduce our footprint,” Herrick said on Thursday. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to do this.”
The 25-kilowatt system, mounted to the roof of the building facing south, will generate enough power to run the lights and computers in Bryant’s front office. As an added benefit, when the dealership is closed on Sundays the system can feed power back into the power grid, potentially earning the business credits against their power bill from Kansas City Power & Light.
Herrick called the new system “a perfect fit for us” and expects the project, which should be completed in the next four weeks, to pay for itself in about three years.
Shannan Mulcahey, marketing manager for MC Power and the company’s solar power division, Solar Link, said there are a varied range of tax credits and other incentives that may be available to help businesses offset the cost of installing a system, and the company has seen significant growth and interest in solar projects since the solar division was launched in 2010.
Mulcahey said the company has also completed a similar project for Ditzfeld Transfer and a larger, 130-kilowatt system for Interstate Studios. He expects the company to take on additional Sedalia projects in the coming months.
According to the company, once the Bryant project is operational, the three systems combined will produce enough electricity in a year to power 7,100 homes for a day.
“In this economy, our customers are looking at ways to reduce their costs and this is an excellent way to do that while also taking acre of the environment,” Mulcahey said.