Vista Solar, a Bay-area commercial solar installer, announced that it will install a 160-kW solar system for food and wine distributor Lettieri & Company.
“The timing was right for us to go solar, and we are excited to have Vista as our partner,” said Frank Lettieri, president of Lettieri & Company.
The 160-kW system, which will power Lettieri’s lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and freezers, will offset 99.6% of the company’s electricity bill and generate positive cash flow savings from day one. Tax benefits account for 70% of the total system cost, and the cumulative 25 year savings will total over $1.4 million.
“Lettieri & Company is a perfect candidate for solar,” says Vista Solar President Jaymes Callinan. “Though Brisbane sees its fair share of foggy days, our engineers had no trouble designing a system that will offset their electric bill by nearly 100%.”
There is a misconception that San Francisco’s fog impedes solar production. However Germany, which gets just 55% of the annual sun-hours San Francisco enjoys, has more than triple the number of energy-producing solar systems than the U.S.
Construction will begin at Lettieri & Company later this year and take about three weeks to complete. The equipment specified includes high-efficiency Suniva modules and SMA TriPower inverters.
— Solar Builder magazine