Mr. Suds Car Wash boasts 121.245 kilowatts of clean renewable energy

Columbia, SC, October 9, 2018 – Alder Energy Systems LLC, a trusted South Carolina turnkey solar provider, is pleased to announce the completion of five solar installations for the Mr. Suds Car Wash company. The combined installations utilize 315 solar panels which produce over 148,062 kW of clean renewable energy. The annual production will offset between 45 and 100 % of each location’s yearly energy consumption. The renewable energy produced at these locations will reduce the operating costs and provide environmental benefits to the community.

“Our 3 largest operating expenses are chemicals, water and electricity. With solar, we now have virtually eliminated one of these expenses. That, along with the environmental impact, really made this decision easy,” said Tom DeKnight, Mr. Suds Car Wash owner.

The Mr. Suds Car Wash locations are positioned throughout Columbia, and AES installed solar on the following facilities:

LocationSystem Size~Total Offset
1980 Clemson Road22.32 kW79%
7341 Garners Ferry Road23.04 kW52%
301 Columbiana Drive22.68 kW46%
7333 Parklane Road12.39 kW100%
9301 Two Notch Road20.355 kW100%

“This long term strategic investment for Mr. Suds Car Wash reduces their operating costs and saves their clients money. It also sets a fine example of environmental stewardship for other businesses to follow, showing that renewable energy projects do pencil out,” says Alder Energy Systems Vice President Craig Knowlton.

 To celebrate Mr. Suds Car Wash going solar, Alder Energy and Mr. Suds are sponsoring an event on October 17th from 9am to Noon at 7341 Garners Ferry Road. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony with Columbia’s Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin. Alder Energy Systems will be providing breakfast and coffee, while Mr. Suds will be giving away free “solar” car washes during the event. The free car washes will only be available at the Garners Ferry location.


About Alder Energy Systems

Founded in 2008, Alder Energy Systems LLC is a South Carolina business specializing in the planning, design, and installation of solar PV energy systems for homes, businesses, and utilities throughout the Southeast. We are also in the process of Community Solar Garden development in Maryland and continue looking for opportunities to expand our approach to providing high quality solutions that meet our clients’ objectives. We have an on-going commitment to innovative design, strategic procurement practices, and process efficiencies.

About Mr. Suds Car Wash

Mr. Suds Car Wash has been Columbia’s premier car wash for over 13 years. We define our success by achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction possible, maintaining the best facilities as possible, and achieving the highest quality of value.


Mr. Suds Car Wash Contact: | 803.542.4673 |

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