Toyota of Anaheim: The Car Dealership with a Sunroof

Commercial Case Study

Toyota of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA


Toyota of Anaheim was looking for ways to cut the high cost of overhead of their major Southern California auto dealership. Rooftop solar provided a way to use the available showroom rooftop area to save money and also operate with more renewable energy.


HES Solar built a 1040-panel rooftop solar system designed to offset 40% of Toyota of Anaheim’s energy use. The build used top-quality panels to ensure long term maximum production and reliability. The 343.2 kilowatt system produces an estimated 513,458 kWh of electricity from the abundant California sunshine every year.

Customer Benefit

With an estimated $70,000 annual savings (based on the utilities electric rates at the time of the installation in 2019), the solar system will deliver self-generated electricity to keep energy costs low even as utility rates climb. The system’s payback period is a short 4.7 years and in 25 years the expected savings on energy bills totals $2,565,000.

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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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