Hillel San Diego: 3 Carports for 4 Campuses

Commercial Case Study



Hillel San Diego is an inclusive Jewish faith-based organization that mentors and assists college students at local universities SDSU, UCSD, CSU San Marcos, and the University of San Diego. The group was looking to lower operating costs yet their La Jolla building and lot presented space challenges.


HES Solar designed, built, and energized three carport solar arrays in the Hillel San Diego parking area. 90 solar panels provide shade for cars beneath and an estimated 66,698 kWh of electricity for the offices they power. The clean carport arrays accentuate the unique, angular design of the building they flank.

Customer Benefit

The organization can save money as it enriches the lives of nearly 2,000 Jewish students in the nearby universities. The organization looks to save over half a million dollars in electric bill savings over the first 25 years of the system’s operation. The savings are scheduled to create a short payback period of just seven years.

Aerial view down on 3 solar carports and a unique complex of three buildings with angular roofs.

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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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