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Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

Posted By Mark Boyer On February 28, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,automotive,Solar Power | No Comments

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Car dealerships tend not to be the greenest of buildings; they’re typically located in strip-malls outside of town, and of course, they are made to hawk gas-guzzling vehicles. But Kia Motors [2] is charting new territory in car dealership design with the opening of a new solar-powered dealership [3] in Weltevreden Park, South Africa. The new building, which opened its doors earlier this month, features roof-mounted solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and rainwater harvesting [4], making it one of the greenest car dealerships in the world.

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The new Weltevreden Park Kia dealership features 288 roof-mounted solar panels [6], which can produce as much as 69 kW per day — enough to power an average of 22 households. The building also has its own battery storage facility, so if the solar panels produce more energy than is used in a day, the surplus juice is stored for later in the week. The on-site battery bank has enough capacity to power the entire dealership for 12 hours.

With the launch of eco-friendly cars like the Optima Hybrid [7] and the Cross GT Hybrid Concept [8], Kia has made an effort to rebrand itself as a more eco-friendly car company in recent years. But so far, Kia’s efforts to become more eco-friendly have all been car-related; this is the first green dealership opened by the company, and hopefully it’s only a taste of what’s to come.

In addition to the solar panels, the dealership also uses energy-efficient fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps and occupancy sensors that turn the lights off when nobody is using a room. Additionally, the new South Africa dealership features a large rainwater retention system with six large containers that can each hold up to 10,000 liters of water, which is used at the dealership’s car wash.

+ Kia [9]

Via PSFK [10]

Photos © Kia [3]


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[2] Kia Motors: http://inhabitat.com/tag/kia/

[3] a new solar-powered dealership: http://kia-buzz.com/kia-opens-its-first-solar-powered-dealership-worldwide-in-south-africa/

[4] rainwater harvesting: http://inhabitat.com/tag/rainwater/

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[6] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[7] Optima Hybrid: http://inhabitat.com/test-drive-the-kia-optima-hybrid-offers-an-unexpected-option-for-green-drivers/

[8] Cross GT Hybrid Concept: http://inhabitat.com/kia-cross-gt-hybrid-concept-debuts-at-the-chicago-auto-show/

[9] + Kia: http://www.kia.com/

[10] PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2013/02/kia-solar-car-dealership.html

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