Top Level Solar Production: Parking Garage Top Solar in North County

Commercial Case Study

Parking Structure for Oceanside’s North Coastal Live Well Health Center - Oceanside, CA


Commercial developer Hamman Construction was seeking a way to switch a county building to use a majority renewable energy with storage capability to cut costs, lower peak demand, and provide decades of savings.


A Parking Garage Top Solar array consisting of 1,403 panels in a single 23×61 array with unobstructed, direct sunlight and providing the additional benefit to employees and visitors of shade for vehicles on the top level of the parking structure. Excess energy production is first used to charge a Tesla Energy storage system, then sold to the utility to offset grid energy use.

Customer Benefit

The San Diego County tennant operates on 95% renewable energy consumption and less than 5% utility energy consumption. The Power Purchase Agreement provides energy cost savings as well as cost stability for the tennant; the agreement also allows the county offices to consume over 950,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually in place of grid energy. The PPA arrangement delivers immediate tenant energy savings with zero investment.

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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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