Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar provider, designed and installed a 65.52 kW rooftop solar system for contingent workforce services firm, TargetCW, which has a 25,000-sq-ft facility. The rooftop solar installation will produce roughly 45 percent of the company’s annual electricity needs and save the company more than $24,000 on its energy costs in the first year.
“The facility will see a 92% reduction in its annual electricity bills based on past consumption,” said Scott Williams, Baker’s Director of Commercial Solar. “The new solar system not only minimizes TargetCW’s carbon footprint, but also provides more than $500,000 in net savings over the 25-year warrantied life of the solar modules.”
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Over its first five years, TargetCW has shown consistent growth and generated an impressive $160 MM revenue in 2015 with projected $200 MM in 2016. With that growth came plans to upgrade its HVAC system and install a new roof on its headquarters building. Adding a solar system was a logical next step. In preparation, TargetCW previously researched several solar providers and ultimately chose Baker Electric Solar to manage the job from system design through final installation.
“Baker’s follow-up was phenomenal, consistent and professional, said President and CEO Samer Khouli. “Not only did I hire them to install the company’s system but they also designed and installed one for my home. The Baker team was stellar. When modifications were necessary, Baker proposed smart alternative solutions. One of the few contractors I’ve worked with that are rock stars.”
— Solar Builder magazine
Baker Electric Solar designed and installed a 167-kW rooftop solar system for Meziere Enterprises, cooling system manufacturer in Escondido, Calif. The company expects to see a 60-70 percent reduction in its annual electricity spend based on past consumption. It’s projected that Meziere will save an estimated $60,000 in energy costs in the first year. The system is comprised of 531 LG 315 60-cell solar modules with 10 SMA inverters.
When asked why Meziere chose to go solar, company partner Don Meziere shared, “We enjoy doing business in Southern California. However, there are some disadvantages to running a manufacturing company here. To be competitive, we need to do everything we can to reduce overhead for the long run. Manufacturing is heavily dependent upon electrical power and we know we can count on Escondido to be sunny most of the time. Turning that sunshine into energy efficiencies with a 5-year payback just made sense.”
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Meziere Enterprises has been based in Escondido since the early 1970s. “The Baker name is a fixture in San Diego, and their reputation is excellent. We know Baker will be here for the long run,” added Meziere. “The on-site Baker team was always mindful of our need to continue our business tasks day-to-day and did their best not to impede our workflow. The workmanship and attention to detail was something we really appreciated.”
Speaking to the financial impact of the project, Baker Electric Solar’s Director of Commercial Solar Scott Williams said, “The Meziere solar system is expected to provide more than $1.97M in net savings over the 25-year warranted life of the solar modules. We never lose sight of the impact that predictable energy costs and increased profitability mean to our customers.”
— Solar Builder magazine
Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar company based in San Diego, has sent word on a couple recent commercial projects it has completed or is nearing completion on. Let’s take a look!
First up, Baker designed and installed a 216 kW rooftop solar system consisting of 864 Hyundai 250W panels with 13 Solectria inverters on two buildings for the Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS). The agency will see a 70 percent reduction in their annual electricity bills based on past consumption and will save an estimated $76,000 in energy costs in the first year.
“The Jewish Family Service solar project is in direct alignment with its mission to build a stronger, healthier and more resilient San Diego,” said Baker’s Director of Commercial Solar, Scott Williams. “When combined with the California Solar Initiative rebate of more than $147K, the solar system will provide more than $2.5M in net savings to the agency over the 25-year warranted life of the solar modules. It’s great to know these funds will help and feed many people over the years.”
Baker is obviously an equal opportunity installer and to prove it, this next project was 1.1-MW solar system at Cathedral Catholic High School expected to achieve savings of $80,000 to $100,000 per year on its electrical energy costs. The solar installation is projected to be substantially complete by the beginning of the 2016-’17 school year.
Baker will design and install 1,798 LG solar panels and 25 SMA inverters using a carport configuration. The Baker solar system is being created to complement the high school’s building colors and façade. Eight carports will be built by subcontractor RBI Construction.
Lastly, Baker designed and installed a 59.89-kW rooftop solar system for San Diego-based Full Swing Golf. The installation of 226 Kyocera 265W solar modules will produce roughly 80 percent of the company’s annual electricity needs and save the company more than $20,000 on its energy costs the first year.
— Solar Builder magazine
Baker Electric Solar, a San Diego-based solar company and SunPower Elite Dealer, received the SunPower “Residential National Top Producer of the Year” award for its outstanding sales performance as a SunPower dealer in 2015. The awards were announced at a recent SunPower dealer conference in Chandler, Ariz.
“Earning the 2015 SunPower ‘Residential National Top Producer of the Year’ award is a testament to the excellence of SunPower’s industry-leading solar panel technology and the value it brings homeowners,” said Mike Teresso, president of Baker Electric Solar. “Together, our solar experience and world-class service ethic, along with SunPower’s panel performance and exceptional warranty, give our Southern California customers the best solar installations in the business.”
In 2015, Baker Electric Solar installed more than 20,000 high efficiency SunPower solar panels with its largest residential solar system measured at 49.68 kW in size. Located in Poway, Calif., the rooftop solar installation features over 144 SunPower X-Series 345-watt solar panels providing more than 21 percent efficiency.
“We congratulate Baker Electric Solar for their extraordinary sales performance in 2015,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “As a SunPower Dealer, Baker Electric Solar has demonstrated the importance of accelerating growth and serving more customers which is critical to our mission to change the way our world is powered, and we look forward to their continued success in 2016.”
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The “Residential National Top Producer of the Year” award honors the SunPower home solar installation partner that has the highest solar panel shipment volume in the United States. SunPower’s global dealer network includes more than 500 dealers in the U.S.
— Solar Builder magazine