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.
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.
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.
“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
Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California.
As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates.
The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners.
To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates.
Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.
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