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Auto Dealership’s Solar Energy Investment Yields Nearly 50% Reduction in Energy Costs

March 6, 2024

“We’re shouting it from our energized rooftop.”

LAKELAND, Fla. (March 5, 2024) – When Mazda Lakeland celebrated the grand opening of its environmentally- friendly dealership last year, its most impressive commitment to the environment was still in the works: the installation of 412 solar panels to further reduce the dealership’s carbon footprint. The installation is now complete and the results are in: a whopping 46.5 % decrease in energy costs. The rooftop solar energy system has the capacity to generate more than 311,736 kilowatt hours annually.

According to Mazda Lakeland General Manager Sophia Justiz, “We anticipated a cost reduction, but not in the neighborhood of fifty percent.  It definitely exceeded our expectations.”

Pointing to the available vehicles on its campus Justiz added, “Mazda has long been a leader in protecting the environment. Our cars boast impressive miles per gallon. We’re especially proud of the capabilities of the new Mazda CX-90 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).  It’s a phenomenally popular vehicle that reflects Mazda’s detail-obsessed philosophy.”

Mazda Lakeland’s rooftop solar project was installed by ESA, a national clean energy development corporation with a diverse portfolio that includes industrial and community projects in 22 states. According to ESA Account Executive Anne Shirley Lewis, “Together we’re reducing costs and driving sustainability in a tangible way that resonates with modern consumers.”

Added Justiz: “In recent years we Floridians have experienced incredibly hot – let’s say bright – summers,” she noted. “Being able to capture that solar energy and then pass those savings on to our customers?  Well, that’s something we want to shout from our energized rooftop,” she grinned.

412 solar panels brought a 46.5 percent decrease in energy costs to Mazda Lakeland.  The panels, which generate more than 311,000 kilowatt hours annually, were installed by ESA Solar of Maitland, Florida.

For more information about Mazda Lakeland go to
Lakeland Mazda Contact:  Lori C. Booker, APR

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ESA is a prominent clean energy development and decarbonization platform. Over the past decade, ESA has successfully transacted over 6 GW of operating solar energy projects and pre-construction development assets. Our diverse portfolio spans a broad array of asset classes, including installations at corporate headquarters, commercial and industrial facilities, community solar portfolios, and multi-100 MW utility-scale solar projects. ESA's influence extends across 22 states, where projects have interconnected with 27 distinct utilities. ESA operates with the freedom and flexibility inherent in a privately owned and managed corporation. To learn more about ESA, please visit our website at You can also stay up to date with our latest developments by following us on LinkedIn.

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