HelioPower installs 70-kW solar system at San Diego County church

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The First Lutheran Church of Vista (FLC) in San Diego County is now the proud owner of a 70 kWdc system designed by HelioPower to greatly reduce its levelized cost of energy.

“Being a longtime advocate of sustainable technologies, we wanted to encourage the development of renewable energy for our church.” Said Bob Schoup, President of the Vista congregation. “The solar power system is a powerful statement to the community of what the church stands for and what our values are.”

Peak demand charges are the fastest growing part of utility bills for many commercial and non-profit organizations and can represent up to 50% of their monthly utility bill. A solar photovoltaic system could not only provide most or all the electricity, but it would also provide the same environmental benefits as planting over 1,100 trees each year.

The installation consists of 204 Silfab 345-watt PV modules and an SMA TripPower inverter that is designed to help offset expensive demand charges on FLC’s utility bills. This will provide them approximately 120,000kWh – 124,000kWh of solar production. This will meet up to 90% of their average annual electrical needs and is expected to save about thousands of dollars per year in estimated utility savings.

HelioPower arranged the financing, design and installation of the system and will provide ongoing asset management and operations and maintenance.

— Solar Builder magazine

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