Growing Like a Vine in the Sun

Commercial Case Study

Vineyard Apartments - Porter Ranch, CA


The Vineyards At Porter Ranch Apartments is an upscale, multi-family community built to provide on-site amenities for 165 units ranging from studio to 3 bedroom. The complex is home to singles, couples, and families of various sizes. In today’s competitive housing market, use of renewable energy, particularly that produced at the site of consumption, adds a competitive advantage to any multi-family business.


To save on energy costs and provide residents with renewable energy that is not distributed through the grid, HES Solar was called in to construct several carport shade structures, totaling over 12,000 square feet of coverage, and install solar panel arrays atop thee. Totaling 400 SunPower panels, the solar system was soon-after upgraded with 4 pay-to-charge EVBox BusinessLine charging stations. These stations enabled the complex to service existing residents with electric vehicles and prepare for the increase in electric vehicle ownership.

Customer Benefit

The large solar arrays keep the complex competitive in a market where consumers are increasingly more aware and active about supporting sustainability; the energy production lowers and stabilizes energy costs. The carport structure delivers the added benefit of shaded outdoor parking. Through the installation of EV charging stations, residents and their guests have convenient on-site charging stations and the apartment complex adds a revenue stream through monetizing the charging stations. All of these changes provide long term financial benefits and further establish the facility as an eco-friendly and trend-leading living option in Los Angeles County.

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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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