TRENTON – Stanley Subaru is installing solar panels this October and expects to meet 100 percent of the business’s electricity needs with the light of the sun.
The solar project is one more step the dealership has taken toward a permanently sustainable future, according to the company. Since the early days of the dealership, Stanley Subaru has recycled waste oil from its service department to power the heating of their buildings. During their last renovation, they committed to all LED lighting and 44 other efficiency, recycling and waste-management goals for which they became a Subaru Certified Eco-Friendly dealership.
“Our commitment to our community doesn’t stop at volunteering or donating,” said owner Mark Politte. “We love doing that, and it’s important to have that kind of direct impact. But we also want our community to be able to keep getting better into the future. Powering our buildings and computers and compressors and tools–all the electricity it takes to serve our guests–relieves some pressure on our local environment in a permanent and meaningful way which allows our community to continue to grow and improve.”
With this latest ecologically-minded project, the dealership will apply to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. Since 100 percent of the power will be sustainable, Stanley Subaru expects to be one of the EPA’s Top Partners in the program.
“And we know it matters to the people that see us, too,” added Politte. “Many people that were involved in developing Ellsworth’s Green Plan, for example, are our guests. We got dispensation from Subaru to share some of our Eco-Friendly Certification guidelines with people on the committee while they were crafting the plan. It’s really special to be able to work together with your neighbors like that out of mutual love for your community.”
Stanley Subaru will work with SolarLogix, a family-owned and operated business based in Belfast, on the project. Josh Oxley, president and founder, started the company in 2015 as the sole installer. SolarLogix has since grown to employ 10 people installing solar and heat pump solutions statewide. Their mission has been to help Mainers lessen their reliance on fossil fuels and increase their energy independence.
Stanley Subaru is located at 22 Bar Harbor Road and has been part of the Hancock County community since 1999. The company is committed to the Subaru Love Promise, which begins, “We believe in making the world a better place.” Learn more at stanleysubaru.com.