Copley Price YMCA

Commercial Case Study

Copley Price YMCA


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.

Customer Benefit

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.

“Hamann Construction selected HES Solar to help deliver this project due to their competitive pricing and the similar shared values of integrity, quality workmanship, and a customer first focus, all of which has been at the heart of Hamann Construction for over 60 years.”

Hamann Companies

Quick Facts

Working Together to Create a Better 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

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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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