Annabelle Candy turned to a highly recommended solar developer, Vista Solar. Vista Solar put forth a design capable of offsetting 90% of the candy factory’s electricity expenses and recommended SunPower® PowerGuard® Solar Roof Tiles in order to meet those production targets. With PowerGuard, Annabelle Candy can not only achieve their energy targets, but also enjoy better climate control for the whole factory because of the tile’s R-10 insulation factor. In the first year, the resulting energy savings will exceed $136,000—the equivalent of 180,000 candy bars. Over the next 25 years, their new solar system will save Annabelle Candy approximately $6.5 million. With sunlight powering the factory as of December 2011, Annabelle Candy can focus more of its budget on its employees and making great candy.
VISTA SOLAR HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Going solar is a significant investment and one that many companies might put off in a difficult economy. However, Annabelle Candy saw an opportunity for long-term cost savings if they were presented with the right project. Vista Solar’s strong references and deep history of solar projects clearly demonstrated that they were the right partner for the job, and Vista Solar created a financially attractive proposal that included SunPower products, state and federal tax incentives, and additional roof work. The outcome is a project delivering an undeniably high value. Said President and CEO of Annabelle Candy, Susan Karl, “With the financial challenges we currently face in this economic environment, we feel fortunate to have found a way to offset our operating costs and help conserve our precious resources, while continuing to provide jobs for our wonderful employees.”
SUNPOWER TILES PROTECT ROOF, GENERATE ELECTRICITY
Vista Solar recommended SunPower® PowerGuard® Solar Roof Tiles for the project because it could meet solar energy output targets while protecting and insulating the building’s roof. Additionally, the PowerGuard solution allowed Vista Solar to install a higher-capacity system than a standard ballasting system would have allowed. The non-penetrating, flat, lightweight solar tiles install securely and protect the roof from harsh weather, UV exposure, and thermal cycling. And regulating the building’s temperature is a key benefit for a candy maker because a cooler interior helps ensure uninterrupted production of Annabelle Candy’s chocolates and sweets during the hot summer months.
UTILITY PAYS ANNABELLE CANDY
On time and on budget, the installation of Annabelle Candy’s 438 kW solar system was completed in December 2011. In April 2012, the solar system produced so much electricity that the local utility had to pay Annabelle Candy for the first time ever. This is just the start of the savings that the system will provide. Over the next 25 years, the system is projected to save Annabelle Candy more than $6.5 million. At the same time, the solar electricity that it produces will offset the burning of over 52,000 gallons of fuel, demonstrating
the company’s commitment to a cleaner environment. For Annabelle Candy, the courage to invest during a difficult economy has been good for both business and the environment.