Pacific Views, Sunny Skies: Portola Senior Living

Commercial Case Study

PORTOLA SENIOR LIVING - CARLSBAD, CA

Challenge

The senior living facility in Carlsbad was looking for ways to stabilize energy costs as well as free up budget that was being spent on electricity bills. Additionally, the facility’s large parking area was taking up valuable real estate at the coastal facility without providing benefit to the business or residents.

Solution

The San Diego multi-family solar system’s 13 new carport structures, containing the majority of the 741-solar panels, provided the ideal solution to turn the open parking lot into a power-generating asset. The construction of the carport structures provided the additional benefit of providing shaded parking for residents, visitors, and employees

Customer Benefit

The commercial solar arrays in the parking area provide 515,736 kilowatt hours of energy yearly to the units and to the facility. The lower and stabilized costs freed up budget for the services and activities that directly benefit the residents.

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NET ENERGY METERING 3.0 INFORMATION

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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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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