The San Diego Yacht Club took on an ambitious goal with its Zero-Net Emissions Master Plan, and installing an on-site solar system to consume self-generated renewable energy was a major component of the club’s strategy. With the ability to produce their own solar energy and the strategy to engage Green Tariff Electricity from the grid when necessary, the club and its Facilities Committee demonstrated its leadership as stewards of the air that powers many of the ships that sail from its dock. By combining renewable energy use with better energy management and improved efficiencies, the club’s board members had their path toward zeroing out its carbon footprint while at the same time dramatically reducing its energy costs.
HES Solar’s proposal was accepted and soon after 487 SunPower solar panels were erected on three separate rooftops; the seaward-facing array being constructed atop copper roofing. The 175 kW system contributes greatly to the San Diego Yacht Club’s Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goal of producing an equal or greater amount of energy annually than what it consumes annually.
In addition to drastically reducing emissions, the solar system significantly lowered the facility’s energy costs and insulated it from utility rate increases in the future. As the owner of the system the club also fully benefited from available incentives including the Federal Investment Tax Credit and the Accelerated Depreciation Tax Benefit. The club also places a high value on leading by example as well as influencing its members who have sway over other local interests; those decision-makers are sure to catch wind of what the San Diego Yacht Club has accomplished.
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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.
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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.