$50 million expansion of Porsche’s test track and headquarters to include solar array

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A $50 million expansion that will more than double Porschethe footprint of its head office and its complex of tracks near the Atlanta the airport will include a solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint.

The German The sports car maker’s new dig and widened track will include enough solar panels to produce 2,050 megawatt hours, enough to power 191 average homes and offset emissions from 3.6 million miles of driving.

The installation, which will start next year, will also provide renewable energy to recharge the on-site models of the Porsche Taycanthe all-electric sedan that customers can try on the track built nearly a decade ago as the centerpiece of its second Porsche Experience Center in the United States only 10 are in operation in the world, including one in Los Angeles which opened after Atlanta.

Porsche will buy the power of Cherry Street Energywho will own and operate the on-site microgrid and sell electricity to the company under a 25-year operating agreement. Cherry Street directly fed the City of Atlanta, Fulton County and Emory Universityamong other major clients.

Porsche says the solar move is part of a larger sustainability plan that is unfolding as it adds a 33-acre track to the existing 27-acre land. In addition to the track extension, the site will include a new Porsche Classic factory catering facility and car park. Already, a service center south of Atlanta has opened on site.

The panels will adorn the tops of the buildings and a new 950-foot covered walkway extending from the parking lot to the headquarters building.

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