Family & Tradition: Cobian Sandals

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Commercial Case Study

Cobian sandals - San Marcos, CA

Flipping the Switch to Savings

Cobian Sandals was built on a generational heritage of sandal making by sibling co-founders John and Claudia Cobian. They drew upon their Hispanic family roots in Guadalajara, Mexico to learn the craftsmanship of sandal design and manufacturing. The surf culture in the early 1980’s created a burgeoning demand for sandals in the United States. Inspired by the growing market opportunity, Cobian made a mission to not only create the best sandals for men, women and children but to serve as a platform to support others. Cobian believes that “Every Step Matters” and supports sustainability and partners with various foundations worldwide that support children, the surf community, and the environment. 

HES Solar designed and installed a 59.04-kilowatt (kW) SunPower Helix solar system across the rooftop of Cobian’s corporate headquarters. The fully-integrated system is expected to save Cobian $24,044 in the first year of the system’s operation, thanks in part to SunPower’s intelligent storage software which can optimize savings with demand response and energy arbitrage. The investment is expected to pay for itself in just 2.1 years and return an estimated $966,271 in savings over the first 25 years. Now that’s a step in the right direction!

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The decision to go solar was based on multiple factors, long term cost savings and clean energy was what we wanted, and there was a nice tax write off. When you add all of those factors together it was a no brainer, and we get so much sunlight here that it keeps producing every day. A friend of mine is an engineer and did a lot of research and he recommended HES Solar. We outsourced our research and compared bids and chose HES Solar, they met our requirements, they’re a very professional company and have the best equipment and best SunPower panels.

John Cobian, GM, Cobian Sandals

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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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