03/04/2015 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // Raynham, Massachusetts // Mastria Auto Group

While the Mastria Auto Group may not yet sell solar-powered vehicles at its Massachusetts dealerships, the sun now provides electricity to 30 percent of the company’s overall operations. The Raynham-based business has teamed with Solect Energy Development of Hopkinton to complete solar installations at three of its dealerships, with another system slated for its fourth dealership, Mastria Mazda, by the middle of this year. 

Now operational on the roofs of Mastria Buick GMC Cadillac, Mastria Subaru and Mastria Nissan, the current solar installations combine to produce 216 kilowatts of energy by using 748 Canadian Solar and Hanwha Q CELLS panels. They are expected to save the family of dealerships up to $40,000 in electricity costs each year, while the upcoming installation at Mastria Mazda will generate an additional 41 kilowatts, netting the Mastria Auto Group an extra $10,000 in annual savings

Recently speaking to Solar Power World magazine, the Mastria Auto Group’s Chief Financial Officer Rob Mastria expounded the virtues and cost savings of pulling energy from the sun:

“The environmental issues have always been at the forefront. The brands we represent are all very environmentally conscious. Nissan is very big in the electric vehicle market, for example. At the same time, we have this valuable asset on our roof, and knew we had the opportunity not only to help the environment by using green energy but also to help our bottom line through cost avoidance of electricity as well as through the financial incentives and tax benefits available.”

In addition to tax credits and deductions at the state and federal levels, the Mastria Auto Group is eligible for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) in Massachusetts. To meet the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, electrical utility providers must source a certain percentage of their energy from renewables. They often purchase SRECs to meet that goal, while independent solar-system owners like Mastria earn one SREC each time they produce 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy.

“Our solar installations present a win-win situation for our dealerships, which save money and can better align with their brands’ environmental goals, and for our customers, who can feel good knowing that the thorough maintenance on their car is being powered in part by the sun,” added Rick Mastria, president and chief executive officer of the Mastria Auto Group. “Also, as a company that believes in building a better community, we’re proud to be contributing to a healthier environment for future generations in Massachusetts.”

About Mastria Auto Group:
Serving Massachusetts drivers for more than 55 years, Mastria Auto Group has fueled its growth with a dedication to customer satisfaction, working to ensure that its buyers remain customers for life. With more than 900 new and pre-owned vehicles to choose from at its four locations, the automotive group strives to stock the right ride for each customer’s needs. Every new-vehicle purchase is also backed by Mastria’s Tires For Life Program, which covers the cost of tires for the entirety of ownership. To learn more about Mastria Auto Group and its dealership locations, visit www.mastria.com or like the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MastriaAutoGroup.

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