Vista Solar won the job with a proposal featuring SunPower® T5 Solar Roof Tiles, which would transform under-utilized rooftop into an energy-generating asset. A zero-down operating lease allowed Kortick to be cash-flow positive from day one, and in two short weeks, Vista Solar installed a 128.2 kW solar rooftop system. The SunPower system offsets virtually 100% of the company’s energy bill, and it offsets 149 tons of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to planting 602 trees. By going solar with Vista Solar, Kortick has taken another big step in differentiating itself as a green business, cutting costs for the longterm, and helping the environment.
EXPANDING A SUSTAINABLE LEGACY
Kortick Manufacturing is a 100-year-old, family-owned business, and the company enhanced its proud legacy in 2009 by becoming only the second certified green manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2012, Kortick sought to take another leap forward in its environmental commitment along with reducing waste and operational costs. At the time, new manufacturing processes being installed were expected to require significantly more electricity. Consequently, going solar made sense “as part of our continuing efforts to grow sustainably,” said President Gavin Frase. Since the company’s clients are utilities that are beholden to environmental mandates, going solar further builds a competitive advantage for Kortick as a green company. Thus, when Vista Solar put forth a solar proposal, turning a rooftop into a clean energy generating asset made practical business-sense.
A LONG-TERM, RELIABLE SOLAR SOLUTION
Vista Solar offered Kortick several solar options, but the SunPower solar solution rose to the top of the list. Kortick liked the SunPower reputation, and Kortick wanted to invest in a reliable solar product backed by a company that is stable and would be able to fulfill warranty commitments for the long-term. The self-ballasting SunPower® T5 Solar Roof Tiles offered Kortick a solution that could be quickly installed without roof penetrations, and the simple design would allow the system to be easily removed if the company
needed to redo the roof. The long-term durability of SunPower products was another crucial advantage, but perhaps most importantly, “a SunPower system gave us the best long-term numbers,” said Frase.
SOLAR POWERING THE FUTURE
In only two weeks, Vista Solar turned more than 8400 square feet of rooftop space at the Kortick Manufacturing facility into a solar system. Vista Solar ensured that everything was installed on-time and on-budget, completing the project in December 2012. Now, a 128.2 kW system is virtually eliminating the company electricity bill while producing the equivalent energy that could power 28 homes for a year. Furthermore, a zero-down operating lease allowed Kortick to go solar while being cash-flow positive from day one, and the adoption of solar power shows the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. With a SunPower solar system, Kortick is even better positioned financially and environmentally for another century of success.