Industrial, Microgrids, Solar - August 19, 2022
Porsche to Add Solar Microgrid
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. announced a contract with Cherry Street Energy, LLC to build and operate a solar power microgrid at One Porsche Drive – the site that combines PCNA corporate headquarters with the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta.
The future solar power system at One Porsche Drive in Atlanta will include solar panels that will be installed over the next year on most new and existing buildings.
Installation of the solar microgrid will start in September and is expected to be completed in 2023, kicking off a 25-year operating agreement between PCNA and Cherry Street Energy. Panels will be mounted on new and existing buildings, the roofs of staging areas by the two tracks where customers start their drives, and on a new 950-foot covered walkway from the parking garage to the headquarters building.
Cherry Street Energy estimates the array of solar panels on the headquarters campus will generate 2,050 MWh of electricity annually and represents an estimated CO₂ reduction of 3.2 million pounds per year. The microgrid will be owned and operated by Cherry Street Energy, selling the power to PCNA.
“Powering our North American home and our Taycan fleet through harnessing Georgia sunshine makes perfect sense, and is a great demonstration of our commitment to sustainability,” said Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of PCNA in a statement. “This solar project contributes to the overall sustainability targets of Porsche AG. In 2030, Porsche aims to be CO₂ net neutral across the entire value chain and life cycle of newly sold vehicles.”