More Electricity for Less: Mor Furniture

Commercial Case Study

MOR FURNITURE - Santee, CA

Challenge

Mor Home Furniture is the largest family-owned furniture chain on the west coast. Their new building in Murrieta shows the company’s growth, and Mor Furniture wanted a commercial solar system installed concurrently with the building’s construction.

Solution

This SunPower system benefited from being built during the construction of the building. This allowed for efficiencies during design and a build with zero inconvenience to Mor Furniture employees. The rooftop SunPower array was installed before Mor employees moved into their new workspace and showcase area. 

HES Solar’s solar project allowed renewable energy use from day one and helped demonstrate the furniture giant’s commitment to lowering the business’ carbon footprint. The three rooftop solar panel arrays will both lower and control energy costs over the coming decades of future growth.

Customer Benefit

With energy costs rising in unpredictable surges in California, Mor Home Furniture sought a method to lower costs and insulate the business from unpredictable energy cost increases. SunPower panels gather Southern California sunshine and provide green energy through a Power Purchase Agreement. Mor Furniture’s future (and bottom line) are looking brighter than ever. 

The PPA arrangement allowed zero upfront energy costs to Mor and allowed building owners to benefit from incentives such as the ITC, Federal 100% Bonus Depreciation, and the State MACRS Depreciation incentive. The energy storage also provided an SGIP rebate.

Murrieta commercial solar installation on Mor Furniture building

This project is a great example of what can still be done when designing a large system on a modest budget. The client was cost conscious and we were able to provide them with a price-competitive system that still includes the benefits of the SunPower warranty and the performance of the P series. This was our final P-series project because the P-series were discontinued and we were happy to utilize them for the value they offer for this system. One really interesting thing about this installation was that we had to go through some glare tests because this array is in the flight path of a local airport. No changes were needed from the glare study results. It’s just another feather in the cap of SunPower that their products can pass any scrutiny and adhere to any sorts of regulations, even glare study standards of an airport jurisdiction.

Wenjie Chen, Director of Commercial, HES Solar

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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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