Vision Systems: The Brilliance of Light

Commercial Case Study



Vision Systems is an innovative architectural design firm. They understand all the facets of commercial building design and management and are well versed on the benefits of commercial solar, including energy cost savings and control.

HES Solar designed and installed a commercial solar system for Vision System in 2018. After that time the company saw rapid and impressive growth. With that company expansion, Vision Systems had a need for a larger solar system. Vision Systems turned again to HES Solar.


Incorporating the available roof space of an on-site storage structure (lower right in photos), HES Solar seamlessly incorporated SunPower components into the existing system. The new panel array increased output by 158.4kW. This size upgrade enabled further energy cost control and savings and supports additional, future company growth.

Customer Benefit

The precision build of this system expansion showcases HES Solar’s commitment to excellence; the aesthetics of the system are especially appreciated by Vision Systems, a company that designs landmark buildings that help define their regions. 

Vision Systems specializes in aluminum glazing. Vision Systems uses this visual emphasis on the environment’s sunlight to enhance the beauty of their designs. It was a natural step for a company so devoted to the beauty of sunlight to also value the energy-production potential of the earth’s strongest resource. 

Beautiful commercial solar system in Santee for Vision Systems

One great thing about this project is that we designed the array using SunPower’s next generation panel, the A-series, using the highest-efficiency, larger cell type. What’s especially unique about this system is that the array incorporates a tilt-up layout installed on a storage structure; that makes it pretty different from the typical commercial system. We maximized all of the available roof area so it is covered, basically, entirely with panels.

Wenjie Chen, Director of Commercial, HES Solar

Quick Facts

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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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