Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments

Commercial Case Study

Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments


Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments wanted to not only be an upscale apartment
complex, but also one focused on 100% sustainability and eco-friendly


H.G. Fenton Co. and HES Solar created a groudbreaking solar
design which provides Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments with a 100% offset of
all the entire complex’s energy needs; including all common areas and
tenents’ usage.

Customer Benefit

Tenents of Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments can now take advantage of netzero utility costs as well a 100% offset of public amenity electricity costs,
reducing rental rates without compromising quality of living. H.G. Fenton Co
is taking advantage of zero common area electric costs which gives them a
more attractive, eco-friendly image.

“Every community we create is designed with the wants and needs of our customers in mind. Our residents tell us that conserving energy and saving money on their electricity bill is important to them. Solterra is the first apartment community in San Diego to derive all the electricity residents need for daily living from the sun.”

Mike Neal
H.G. Fenton’s President and CEO

Quick Facts

Groundbreaking EcoLuxury at its Finest

When H.G. Fenton Co. first started their plans for Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in Scripps Ranch, they decided a long term investment in sustainabilty and eco-living would be a priority.

In addition to energy efficient appliances, the complex features garages pre-wired for electric vehicles, drip-irrigation landscaping, and smart thermostats in each of their 114 units.

While under construction, H.G. Fenton partnered with HES Solar to help make their eco-dreams into a reality. Never before had a project in California integrated Virtual Net Metering (VNEM) into an apartment community such as this. HES Solar was able to create a special metering system (VNEM) which gives each of the 114 units an alotted amount of energy produced by the solar system and meters each individually, as well as the on site amenities.

HES Solar was able to achieve offsetting 100% of Solterra’s energy consumption by installing three different types of solar arrays. Panels have been installed on the complex’s roofs, on a large groundmount near the south end of the property, and atop carport
structures, which also provide shade and protection for tenents’ vehicles.

Utilizing many different facets of sustainabilty, Solterra was able to achieve its goal of creating a luxurious, eco-friendly living environment for its community members. HES Solar helped them attain these objectives by finding a way to distribute energy from the sun evenly among Solterra’s 114 units and common areas and ultimately helping Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments become San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy apartment complex.

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HES Solar places safety as our highest priority, and that extends from our employees to our customers, to anyone else we may potentially be in contact with through the course of business. Along with the safety procedures we adhere to in the normal course of our work and projects, we have instituted several safety protocols for all of our employees during these times of vigilant public health precautions due to COVID-19. 

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. 

Masks are required whenever interacting with fellow employees, customers, or the public and whenever social distancing is not possible. 

To ensure these procedures can be met, employees have been provided with face masks or face coverings, eye protection, gloves (as necessary), and foot coverings (as necessary). 

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. 

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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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