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Hunter Industries
Hunter Industries
Project Description

Baker Electric installed this 243 kW system at Hunter Industries in San Marcos, CA. The system includes 972 panels that are mounted among two roofs and between many sky lights.

Hunter Industries announced on April 9, 2015 that their Building 1840 System 2 solar generation public view web site was now on line at: https://solarems.net/kiosks/296. Contact us today for the installation of Baker Solar in San Marcos, CA.

To cut Hunter Industry’s greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020 and to become more energy independent, they wanted to increase their renewable energy portfolio. Hunter wanted to leverage the 267 days of sunshine per year that their Southern California location receives, which is a great source of renewable energy. To help them achieve their goal, Hunter chose Baker and we installed almost 1,000 panels, resulting in a 243 kW system.

Hunter Industries found that potentially 40 percent of rooftop space could be used for new installations. That is 140,000 square feet of available space for additional solar. Hunter had been wanting to expand the solar system already in place on the distribution center roof. Seven years after constructing the distribution center, Hunter chose Baker Electric to install another 972 panels to the original 504 panel rooftop system. Total power production for both systems is now 300 kW VAC.

Tony Evans, Baker-Electric Supervisor said, “This is the biggest kilowatt install I have managed. The hardest part of adding solar to the distribution center which is already covered with panels, was working 315 skylights and 99 smoke hatches.”

In addition to Baker’s installation of this 243 kW system, Hunter now produces three quarters of a megawatt of solar energy campus. Hunter generates enough solar for 50 percent of the energy needed to power Hunter’s distribution center, and 35 percent of the energy needed for their products and buildings. With more than 2,000 solar panels (almost half of them installed by Baker) on campus, they continue to look for more installation opportunities to maximize their savings and protect the environment.

Project Specs
  • Location San Marcos, California



Full Swing Golf Simulators
Full Swing Golf Simulators
Project Description

The Challenge:

Founded in 1986, Full Swing Golf is the leader in golf simulation technology for entertainment and training performance. With Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as ambassadors, the company’s golf simulators feature more than 90 championship courses delivering the ultimate indoor golf experience. Golf Digest selected Full Swing Golf as its 2016 Editors’ Choice for Best Swing & Game Analyzer.

“As a designer and manufacturer of golf simulators trusted by the pros, we wanted to identify a solar provider with the same commitment to excellence and customer service,” said Full Swing Partner and Senior Vice President, Brian Arnold. “We did a lot of homework. After meeting with a number of representatives, Baker Electric Solar had the best reputation. They came to the table with an innovative and highly customized solution. We do look at price, but more than anything we wanted longevity. Baker aced that with more than 75 years in San Diego.”

 

The Solution:

Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar company, designed and installed a 59.89 kW rooftop solar system for San Diego-based Full Swing™ Golf. The installation of 226 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. The Full Swing Golf 21,000 square foot facility is located at 10890 Thornmint Road, San Diego, California.

“Just as Full Swing Golf’s quality sets itself apart from other golf simulator technology firms, we pride ourselves on delivering our commercial customers world-class solar panels and superior customer service,” said Baker’s Director of Commercial Solar, Scott Williams. “After a detailed analysis of Full Swing Golf’s electric usage we provided an energy-saving solar solution for their specific requirements and long-term financial goals.”

 

The Result:

According to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, Full Swing Golf’s new solar system will save the equivalent of annual greenhouse gas emissions from 136,337 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle. It will offset CO2 emissions from 6,443 gallons of gasoline consumed or 61,506 pounds of coal burned.

Project Specs
  • Location Carlsbad, California



Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito
Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito
Project Description

The Challenge:

“With electricity being one of our largest expenditures, the solar system will save us money–helping us keep the doors open–serving more than 6,000 registered members,” said CEO Marineke Vandervort. “We want to lead by example. Adding solar demonstrates our investment in eco-technology—reducing our environmental footprint while educating our members about the benefits of renewable energy.”

The Solution:

Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito’s use of creative financing using a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The PPA required no capital expenditure by the BGCSD, and they receive immediate savings from the solar energy produced by the system. During the 25-year PPA period, the system’s operations and maintenance is completely covered by the PPA provider. A key benefit of a solar PPA is that it provides a fixed, predictable cost of electricity for the duration of the agreement. PPAs also allow non-profit organizations to take advantage of lucrative solar tax incentives.

“Going solar is helping non-profit organizations all over Southern California reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom line at the same time,” said Baker’s Director of Commercial Solar, Scott Williams. “The BGCSD solar system’s $1.3M cumulative savings will go far towards assuring the clubs’ mission continues to thrive over the next 25 years.”

 

The Result:

Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguitos’ designed and installed solar system will save the organization approximately 30% savings on its annual electricity spend based on past consumption–saving an estimated $11,000. Over the 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) warrantied period, cumulative electricity savings will be approximately $1.3M. Baker used a rooftop-carport configuration for the solar system. The BGCSD Clubhouse is located at 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, California.

“Going solar is helping non-profit organizations all over Southern California reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom line at the same time,” said Baker’s Director of Commercial Solar, Scott Williams. “The BGCSD solar system’s $1.3M cumulative savings will go far towards assuring the clubs’ mission continues to thrive over the next 25 years.”

Project Specs
  • Location San Diego, California



Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Project Description

The Challenge:

The Jewish Family Service was faced with two challenges:

  1. Save money on electricity in order to reduce operating costs and reinvest more money into the community.
  2. Become an example of environmental steward-ship.

By moving to solar energy, JFS anticipated redirect-ing the cost savings to extended education and outreach. It would also allow the human services agency to achieve its goal of being an example of environmental stewardship in their community. “As a Jewish agency we are guided by the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam – a concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. We are committed to being a responsible steward of our community, environment and planet,” said CFO of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Guinevere A. Kerstetter, CGMA.

 

The Solution:

Baker Electric Solar designed and installed a 216 kilowatt rooftop solar system consisting of 864 panels on two buildings for Jewish Family Service.

Through daily communication, professionalism, quality of materials and monitored safety measures, Baker was able to set their work apart from the competition. Hughes Marino, Inc. Construction Management provided JFS with three solar companies to interview for the design and installation of its solar system. After a comprehensive review, they chose Baker Electric Solar.

 

The Result:

JFS directly reinvests the financial savings that come from their solar system into programs which serve San Diegans. The agency sees a 70 percent reduction in their annual electricity bills based on past consumption and saves an estimated $76,000 per year. JFS’s solar system will provide them with millions of dollars in savings over the life of their system. 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.

In addition, JFS’s system offsets the annual CO2 equivalent of 572,792 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle and emissions from 255,032 pounds of coal per year.

The Jewish Family Service solar project is now in direct alignment with its mission to build a stronger, healthier and more resilient San Diego.

Project Specs
  • Location San Diego, California



Vanguard Industries
Vanguard Industries
Project Description

The Challenge:

Vanguard was faced with two challenges:

  1. Reduce utility costs enabling more investment in the heart of the business – serving the US armed forces and related organizations.
  2. Become more environmentally responsible.

High electric bills month after month were an increasing pain point for Vanguard Industries West. Vanguard’s executives were closely tracking rising utility costs. It was clear they needed a strategy to mitigate escalating energy bills. The perfect solution would allow them to dedicate more of their budget to achieving their business goals and enable even better distribution of their world-class products to the Armed Forces.

In addition to cutting electrical costs, Vanguard had a goal of becoming more environmentally responsible while serving as stewards of sustainability within their community.

 

The Solution:

Baker Electric Solar’s expert team worked closely with Vanguard to address their needs and design a solar system that seamlessly generates power for their 35,000 square foot Carlsbad facility. Baker built a 517-panel solar system that achieves the specific financial and environmental goals of the organization.

“We chose Baker Electric Solar because of its longevity and customer service. It was a pleasurable experience from start to finish with Baker’s on-budget, on-time completion,” said Vanguard Industries West Executive Vice President/COO, Michael Harrison.

Baker specializes in precision-designed solar and installed the optimal system to meet Vanguard’s energy, environmental and cost-cutting objectives.

 

The Result:

Vanguard’s solar system produces roughly 76% of their annual electricity needs and saves them about $51,000 in energy costs per year. This savings allows the company to further invest in its mission of serving all branches of the

U.S. Armed Forces without the worry of the high overhead cost needed to power their Carlsbad facility.

According to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, Vanguard’s new solar system saves the equivalent of annual greenhouse gas emissions from 420,631 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle. It also offsets CO2 emissions from 19,879 gallons of gasoline consumed or 189,758 pounds of coal burned annually.

“We felt switching to solar was the right economically as well as our company’s desire to do our part to become more environmentally responsible", said Harrison. Vanguard’s

custom-designed solar system successfully meets their two renewable energy goals by providing the company with significant financial savings and drastically reducing their carbon footprint.

Project Specs
  • Location Carlsbad, California