A tragic October 2017 wildfire in Northern California prompted the owner of an auto dealership group to take on an initiative that may have a significant long-term impact.

Hansel Auto Group’s Henry Hansel, along with MBL Energy and NantEnergy, on Sept. 20 unveiled the installation of solar + energy storage systems at Hansel’s eight establishments in Sonoma County, California.

Hansel attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Santa Rosa, which bore the brunt of the Tubbs Fire, part of the so-called “Northern California Firestorm.”

Fancher explained that Hansel “Wants to and needs to” give back to the Santa Rosa community after the wildfire.

“The concept of solar was not foreign to a lot of dealerships in the past,” Fancher said.

A meeting with the auto group’s CFO was held in which the storage systems were conceptualized.

According to the press release issued jointly by the three entities, the MBL-engineered and installed systems feature a total of 1.555 MW of solar PV integrated with 567 kWh of NantEnergy’s behind-the-meter SmartStorage systems.