It’s no secret the Foothill Car Wash Lube Oil and Detail Center has gone green. The giant solar panels on top of the car wash are dead giveaways and there are multiple signs posted at the site, in the 2300 block of Foothill Boulevard.
It’s safe to say Steve Berkman, the owner of the business, isn’t shy about his newly-acquired power.
“We provide 60% of our electricity [with solar power] and that’s significant in this business. We use a lot of electricity,” said Berkman, whose solar panels at the Foothill Car Wash have been up and running since March 8.
It’s also significant because the installation saves Foothill Car Wash, in business for 25 years, quite a bit of green. Berkman’s first electricity bill after installing the panels was half what he paid in the same billing period last year, even though he’s worked on more than double the number of cars in the same period this year.