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Lost Pines Toyota goes Solar

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    Cutting the ribbon is Lost Pines Toyota owner Carlos Liriano; Freedom Solar CEO Bret Biggart, the solar installer; Laurie Liriano; Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder; April Daniels, Smithville Chamber of Commerce director; and others. Photo by Jim Beaver
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    An aerial view of the extensive solar panels Lost Pines Toyota installed to go green and invest in energy-saving. Courtesy photo

Lost Pines Toyota hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 14 with the introduction of their new green initiative featuring solar panels.

“We are proud to be the first dealership in Bastrop to install solar power,” said Carlos Liriano, Lost Pines Toyota owner. “We have made green initiatives a priority, and we recognize the time for solar power has come. When we began seriously investigating solar, we found Freedom has a stellar reputation, superior product, excellent pricing, quality personnel and a high level of service.”

The dealership has installed 700 solar panels at a cost of $450,000 on the 34,000-square-foot roof of their building, which will provide approximately 60 percent of their total energy consumption and produce approximately 367,000 kilowatt hours of solar power annually. The panels cover every possible part of the top of the building for maximum utilization of energy production. Bruce Lutz, the Lost Pines

Comptroller who managed the project, said that in about five and a half years, the project should pay for itself if the estimates prove to be accurate. The 700 solar panels have a 25-year lifespan.

Freedom Solar Power of Austin installed the solar system. They have installed over 50 commercial projects and over 5,000 residential systems in Texas. The 275-kilowatt solar system is the eighth largest project the company has completed.