Project Description

A solar electric array and vertical wind turbine was installed on the Auto West BMW dealership in Richmond, BC.

Auto West BMW’s recycling building houses the solar array, infront of which stands the 50 foot wind turbine. Included in the dealership’s sustainable features is a green roof, geoexchange system to in-ground storage for reclaiming storm water.

“We sleep well at night,” admits Pete Sargent, Project Development Manager, referring to steps they’ve taken to offset the carbon emissions that are a natural consequence of any car dealership. “We just want to be a good corporate citizen within the City of Richmond,” he explains. “We want to look at ways of reinvesting in our community to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can. It’s the right thing to do.”

Read more about the Auto West Group’s decision to go solar here.


Richmond, BC

Technical Specifications

Solar PV System:

  • 2.1 kilowatt solar PV array.
  • Enphase micro-inverters.

Wind System:

  • 3.5 kilowatts.
  • Vertical axis wind turbine on 50 foot monopole tower.