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with Gerry Wood Automotive

Sailsbury, NC


For Gerry Wood, clean energy makes good business sense. As the owner of three car dealerships, making good investments with his money is imperative. Therefore, in 2013, Gerry installed solar panels at each of this three dealerships to offset his $120,000 annual electricity bill. He is now saving over $35,000 per year and anticipates paying off the solar installations in four years.


Gerry’s decision to adopt solar energy stemmed from his desire to save money and to reduce the dealerships' dependence on the utility. While those were primary reasons, Gerry also praises his installer, Sundance Power Systems and the terrific quality of his American manufactured panels. 


With a total capacity of over 322.5 kW, Gerry’s Auto Group produces more solar power than any other car dealership in North Carolina. Gerry loves showcasing the power his panels produce and in fact, he has installed TV monitors in each waiting room of his dealerships. These monitors allow him to display his solar power in unique metrics, such as gallons of gasoline offset, the number of smartphones charged, or the number of nights powering the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. 


Gerry’s commitment to clean energy was recently recognized by Conservatives for Clean Energy, honoring him with the “Small Business Clean Energy Champion Award.” Gerry has a lot to be proud of and he hopes his investments in clean energy will inspire others to do the same. 


You can track the power from Gerry Wood's solar panels here.

Gerry Wood

Owner of Gerry Wood Automotive 


"I insisted on having U.S. made solar panels for a couple of reasons:

One, I believe strongly in supporting U.S. production and U.S. workers; and

Two, we have a warranty of 25 years on the panels, and it's a lot easier to work with a U.S. company than someone thousands of miles away."

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