Solar Powers Mazda R&D Center

April 1, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Mazda Energy ManageMitsubishi Electric PV modules are now powering automotive research and development at Mazda North America’s Research & Development facility in Irvine, Calif.

Mitsubishi Electric supplied Mazda with 1,222 PV modules for a 317 kW system that is expected to deliver more than 489,684 kWh annually – half of the facility’s power needs – while cutting its electric bill in half.

Solar installation firm Sun Integration of Sherman Oaks, Calif., installed Mazda’s PV system, which also includes a Solectria Renewables inverter and Orion Solar Racking.

The project was financed in part by the federal business energy investment tax credit and the California Solar Initiative rebate.

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