Creative Juices: Powering Innovation at Creative Electron

Creative Electron industrial x-ray company logo

Commercial Case Study

Creative Electron - San Marcos, CA

Challenge

Creative Electron was facing uncertain future energy costs and a desire to power its manufacturing facility and offices in San Marcos with renewable energy. The radiography machine manufacturer, which creatively solves problems other companies cannot efficiently surmount, tasked HES Solar with prioritizing performance, reliability and cost efficiency in adding a power source that would allow Creative Electron’s production and administrative facility to function on its own power and with the flexibility of future modification to respond to company growth.

Solution

With cost considerations prioritized and ample rooftop space available HES Solar implemented 178 SunPower P-19-395 Modules in a five-array fully-ballasted rooftop system. Two Chargepoint EV charging stations were installed to provide employee and guest EV charging functionality to prepare for the increasing needs of EV use.

Customer Benefit

Creative Electron now enjoys the financial savings, cost stabilization, and the reliability of producing the energy it needs. Also an important consideration to the brand and its current and future customers was the benefit of operating on sustainable energy and lowering emissions through the use of renewable solar energy as well as providing EV charging to its employees and visitors.
Creative Electron rooftop solar by HES Solar with SunPower panels

We decided to go solar and to install EV chargers in our facility after a careful analysis of the return on investment (ROI). For the ROI calculation, we took in consideration the benefit to our community, our team, and our bottom line. Solar allows us to continue growing while offsetting the considerable (and increasing) cost of electricity. We chose HES Solar because of our commitment to invest where we make our x-ray machines – thus creating local jobs and improving the lives of our team and their families.

Dr. Bill Cardoso, Founder and Owner of Creative Electron

Quick Facts

Powering Local Innovation and Manufacturing

As more companies discover the application of radiography to quality control, reverse engineering, or sundry challenges, Creative Electron continues its impressive growth. With this company expansion, energy costs had become an increasingly large and significant portion of operating costs. Founder and owner Dr. Bill Cardoso, as is his nature, sought out the most efficient and effective solution to his company’s energy challenges. Dr. Cardoso could clearly see that a solar panel array atop his San Marcos operations and production building would insulate Creative Electron against electricity price volatility, seasonal cost swings from the utility, energy cost inflation, and cut costs overall. Radiography (industrial x-ray imaging) is an energy-dependent procedure and each step of in-house equipment manufacturing was equally reliant on electricity therefore a fixed cost to operate offered a strong long term benefit to budgeting. Creative Electron also wanted to do its part in the implementation of renewable energy use, and also knows many of its clients respect and appreciate the use of solar power-driven manufacturing when purchasing their Made in the USA products from the San Marcos facility. Additionally, as a leading, cutting edge technology company operating in a competitive employment marketplace, the business’ commitment to renewable energy helps attract and retain top talent. Two ChargePoint EV charging stations in the employee parking area further establish Creative Electron as a forward thinking company committed to its employees, its clients, and the planet. Creative Electron, true to its guiding principles of manufacturing and servicing, sought out a local company to handle all of its power generation needs. It found the perfect partner in HES Solar, and could see into the security and stability of partnering with a company that is also locally based and meeting strong company growth through delivering effective and cost-efficient solutions to its clients.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

HES Solar places safety as our highest priority, and that extends from our employees to our customers, to anyone else we may potentially be in contact with through the course of business. Along with the safety procedures we adhere to in the normal course of our work and projects, we have instituted several safety protocols for all of our employees during these times of vigilant public health precautions due to COVID-19. 

Our employees are given temperature checks each time they enter the office, and office visits are only allowed when necessary. 

We’ve instituted remote working for all of our employees who are able to perform their job duties at home. Meetings are done through virtual meeting rooms. 

Field employees maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and fellow employees, customers, vendors, and all others unless unavoidable. 

Masks are required whenever interacting with fellow employees, customers, or the public and whenever social distancing is not possible. 

To ensure these procedures can be met, employees have been provided with face masks or face coverings, eye protection, gloves (as necessary), and foot coverings (as necessary). 

To help ensure frequent sanitizing, employees have been provided sanitizers in the form of gel, liquid, and wipes, antibacterial soap, and paper products for cleaning such as tissues and paper towels. 

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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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