The Copley-Price YMCA wanted to reduce its increasing energy costs in an environmentally sound, sustainable way. As a non-profit organization, any ability to decrease operating costs gives the company more opportunity to delegate funds to family and community programs.
Home Energy Systems developed an innovative energy solution for the YMCA which utilizes SunPower products, including SunPower’s Helix Dual Tilt design. The Dual Tilt Platform maximizes solar production in limited spaces.
The Copley-Price YMCA is now able to offset over 65% of their annual electrical energy consumption. This includes powering their recreational facilities, classrooms, and a small café. The savings from the solar systems give this non-profit organization the ability to re-delegate funds to better programming for the community.
When community members get together and create a usable solution for a nonprofit organization, such as the YMCA, everybody wins. In this case, it is extra special as not only does the surrounding community benefit, but many other surrounding communities benefit as well.
When the YMCA first started construction on their newest addition to the YMCA of San Diego family, one of their main goals was to partner with a solar installation team that would help decrease future operating costs in an economical, sustainable, environmentally sound way.
With the help of Home Energy Systems and Hamann Companies, the Copley-Price
YMCA was able to find a very good solution to fitting solar onto their limited roof space with a limited budget by not only using the roof for their solar installation, but also creating carport structures on the top of their new parking garage. In total, 528 panels were installed on the roof and 530 panels were installed on carport structures.
The YMCA elected to finance their system through a power purchase agreement
(PPA). Hamann Companies owns and operates the solar assets, then sells the
electricity generated from the system back to the YMCA at fixed rate, which was less than the current, ever rising utility rate at the time of system commissioning. This ensures predictable costs for the YMCA for the entirety of the PPA.
The Copley-Price YMCA solar project stands as a great example of how community
members can come together and create an affordable, usable, sustainable energy
solution for a non-profit that benefits community members and the surrounding
Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California.
As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates.
The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners.
To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates.
Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.
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