The owners of one of the retail properties Bay Wide manages in the Bay Area, gave Bay Wide Properties the green light to perform research and make recommendations on energy efficient retrofits that could be made to their building. After reviewing various options such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) upgrades, interior lighting retrofits and additional duct-work improvements, it was clear to Bay Wide that installing solar would achieve the greatest impact on their overall goal – generating energy savings for their Owners and Tenants.
After working with Vista Solar to analyze the available roof space and optimize the energy bill savings, Bay Wide Properties elected to install a 54kW photovoltaic solar system – roughly the equivalent of 12 residential solar systems.
In addition to increasing the value of the building, a significant portion of the building’s PG&E utility bill would be eliminated – forever. The newly commissioned solar system is expected to save over $12,600 in the first year alone, paying for itself in just 5.5 years. The expected lifetime saving in excess of $600,000, made choosing a solar installation over other energy efficiency options an easy decision to make.