Breaking ground in the solar industry again, HES Solar, a local San Diego solar company, installs the first Helix Dual Tilt commercial solar system in San Diego for the Copley-Price Family YMCA. In 2015 the state-of-the-art family and recreation facilities at the Copley-Price YMCA opened for business. It has been over a year since the Y decided to go solar and now the Copley-Price YMCA is able to offset over 70% of their energy costs through a roof-mounted and ground-mounted 403 kilowatt solar system.


HES Solar set out to fulfill the YMCA’s vision of improving the quality of human life, for not only those who choose to utilize and enjoy the Y’s facilities, but also those in the San Diego community. HES Solar is able to bring clean, renewable energy to the Y. In addition, through solar energy the YMCA is able to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on energy to invest back into the community in the future.

The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life & to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through development of the spirit, mind & body. – Copley-Price YMCA Facebook Page


This solar power system is provided to the Copley-Price Family YMCA through a Power Purchase Agreement with Hamann Construction. The solar system will span 2 buildings: one roof top will feature a fully ballasted SunPower Helix Dual Tilt installation and the other will be covered with solar panel carports for YMCA member parking.

  • PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS:View of solar panel
  • 403 kW Solar Energy System
  • System Spans 2 Buildings
  • 1-ballasted roof mount (zero roof penetrations)
  • SunPower Dual Tilt platform
  • 528 SunPower E-20 327W Panels
  • SMA Tripower Inverters
  • Carport Mount
  • 534 SunPower E-20 435W Panels
  • SMA Tripower Inverters

Recently, The Copley-Price Family YMCA held a workshop geared towards educating students on different continuing education and career paths they can pursue after high school. Our Vice President, Ross Williams, got a chance to inform students on the potential career opportunities within the solar industry, as well as, show them around the Y’s recently installed solar system. It has always been a priority at HES Solar to give back to the communities we are a part of. By being a part of an after school program designed to prepare students for life after high school, HES Solar was able to show students opportunities that are available within the renewable energy industry and give them a tour of the Y’s newly installed solar system.

Home Energy Systems at the YMCA in San Diego teaching a workshop about the solar industry


HES Solar is the first ever to install a SunPower Helix Commercial Solar system by anyone other than SunPower. Already breaking ground with design and innovation in the San Diego commercial solar field. Watch a time lapse video of the installation process for the SunPower Helix Dual-Tilt solar system installed at the Y below.

For more information on the system HES Solar installed at the Copley-Price YMCA see the official press releasehere.

Property owners interested in learning more about solar for business or commercial buildings can visit https://hessolar.com/commercial or stop by the Home Energy Showroom & Design Center at 5980 Fairmount Ave. Suite 105 across from the Home Depot off Highway 8 and Mission Gorge Exit. The HES Solar Showroom is open 8-5pm Monday –Friday and 10-2pm on Saturday. Appointments can also be made here.


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We are a San Diego-based, family-owned solar company. We have been an energy innovator since 2001 and can handle projects from small, rooftop solar panel additions to large-scale commercial microgrid systems. 

Our website is a great resource for your solar research. We’d also love to speak with you to answer any specific questions you have about your project. Click here to be contacted by an HES Solar representative, or simply dial us at 619-692-2015. We don’t use call centers so you’ll speak with a full-time HES Solar employee in California.

Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.

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