GOING SOLAR ACHIEVES KEY BUSINESS GOALS
As an electronic waste recycler, AER Worldwide was already strongly committed to the environment. Therefore, the decision to go solar not only made business sense as a way to add value to its property, but it fit in with the company’s overall mission and environmental policy. Rising electrical rates, the uncertainty of future energy costs, and expiring state rebates made going solar even more urgent. “Electricity expenses will never go away especially for AER who uses huge machines in their business. The cost of electricity will continue to go up, and installing solar helps to greatly offset these energy costs,” said Jennifer Le, Senior Sales Manager at Vista Solar–the commercial dealer for the project.
SUNPOWER TECHNOLOGY WINS APPROVAL
AER turned to Vista Solar because of their many solar options and strong commitment to getting AER the best savings. Keeping with that commitment to value, Vista Solar recommended SunPower solar products as a means to maximize AER’s payback. SunPower’s T10 Solar Roof Tile product rose to the top of the list. The T10 is non-penetrating, and its modular design allows for quick and easy installation. Furthermore, a 10-degree tilt and sunlight reflectors promote higher solar energy delivery, and the solar solution’s long-term reliability made the T10 the clear choice for AER. The end result is a solar system that helps AER receive the biggest savings possible.
VISTA SOLAR AND SUNPOWER STAY ON BUDGET
However, third-party project delays threatened to break the project budget. A long turn-around time by the bank for financing created one delay, and closures at city offices because of furloughs caused challenges in getting permit approvals for the project. Finally, special work had to be done to consolidate electrical meters into one meter. However, Vista Solar and SunPower had the combined experience and expertise to overcome those hurdles and keep the project on budget. The end result is a 234 kW solar system that will generate approximately 361,819 kWh per year for AER’s headquarters. Over the next 25 years, the company’s total savings are estimated to reach almost $4 million. Making both business and ethical sense, solar power is an investment AER can bank on for years to come.