ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - One of the largest auto dealerships in central Virginia is going green.

Right now, Colonial Nissan is installing the first solar superstructure in the area. The work started Monday, April 30.

Crews are installing the frame that will support the solar panels at the Nissan dealership along Route 29.

Once completed, 480 solar panels will produce more than 214,000 kilowatt hours each year.

Carter Myers Automotive President Liza Borches says the solar panels will generate 93-percent of the electricity needed to power the dealership.

Borches, says this is a one-of-a-kind solar project, and the first in the state.

"It's very exciting to be a leader hopefully in this community and in the auto industry of really looking at how solar can help within the dealership to make a better impact on the environment," she said.

Colonial Nissan collaborated with Sun Tribe Solar to design the unconventional superstructure.

Work will be done within 45 days and the panels will be operating by the end of June.

The dealership company also hopes to replicate the solar project at its other locations.