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Commercial Solar Case Study, Sweetwater Spectrum

Non-profit Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

 An innovative residential community in Sonoma, CA geared specifically for adults with autism, Sweetwater Spectrum was developed with environmental stewardship in mind. To help facilitate and promote energy efficiency, a 51 kW solarSonoma solar power Sweetwater Spectrum electric and solar pool heating system was installed by SolarCraft to provide the community with clean, sustainable energy.

 SolarCraft offers unique financing options for non-profits, to eliminate high upfront costs. The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects save money immediately.

The solar electric system is roof-mounted on four residential buildings and the community center. It consists of high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 3,600 square feet. A separate solar heating system greatly reduces the cost of heating the pool.

Designed to LEED Gold standards, in addition to solar power the homes and community structures at Sweetwater Spectrum were constructed using durable, low-VOC building materials and finishes, solar water heating and radiant cooling/heating systems. In fact, the community is a pilot project for the PG&E Net Zero Energy Pilot Program.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 73,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The new solar energy system allows Sweetwater Spectrum to generate enough electricity each day to power over 12 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 20 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than a million miles of driving.Sweetwater Solar Pool Panels

System Specifications
System Size 51.0 kW DC
44.3 kW AC
Location Sonoma, CA
Solar Panel (204) SunTech 250 W
Inverter (15) SMA SB4000US
Mounting System SnapNrack / SNR Seam Clamp
Estimated Annual kWh 73,000
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

Sweetwater Spectrum, in the heart of downtown Sonoma, CA, is the first residential community in the nation to be geared specifically for autistic adults, providing an innovative, supportive residential community that will challenge each individual to reach his or her highest potential.

Communal features include a therapy pool and hot tub, greenhouse, and a 2,300-square-foot activity center complete with workout equipment, art and music room, and a teaching kitchen. The concept reinforces Sweetwater Spectrum’s mission of helping adults with autism live a “life with purpose”, both at home and in their communities.

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New Rebate Approved for Solar Pool Heating

State Public Utilities Commission Approves New Rebate for Solar Pool Heating

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the State Public Utilities Commission under the California Solar Initiative Program has just approved a rebate for qualified solar heating installations on all commercial swimming pools.

Under this program 30% to 50% or more of the initial cost of the solar pool heating system will be refunded back. There is $80 million available on a first come first serve basis until the funds run out.

This program applies to all multi-family commercial, government, educational and non-profit swimming pools that are PG&E customers. Solar pool heating systems in single-family residential installations are not eligible to receive incentives.

The incentive for eligible solar pool heating systems is only available to gas customers who have a final signed-off permit issued by the appropriate permitting agency on or after January 1, 2013.

A properly sized and installed solar heating system can easily keep your pool at 78 to 84 degrees from mid-April through September, and sometimes well into October, without the use of expensive supplemental heat.

Since 1984 SolarCraft has been the North Bay industry leader in the design and installation of solar pool heating systems to commercial, governmental and institutional facilities. They are the sole distributor of FAFCO solar water heating products in Marin and Sonoma County – the number one selling brand in the USA since 1969 and manufactured in Chico, California.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Sonoma’s Sweetwater Spectrum

First of a Kind Community for Adults with Autism Powered by the Sun

Sonoma solar power Sweetwater SpectrumNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 51 kW
solar electric and solar pool heating system at Sweetwater Spectrum community in Sonoma, CA, a residential development geared specifically for adults with autism. The photovoltaic and solar pool heating systems will provide energy savings for its community for many decades.

The solar electric system is roof-mounted on four residential buildings and the community center. It consists of high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 3,600 square feet. In addition, a solar heating system was installed to greatly reduce the cost of heating the pool.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates the high upfront costs. The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.

Designed to LEED Gold standards, in addition to solar power the homes and community structures at Sweetwater Spectrum were constructed using durable, low-VOC building materials and finishes, solar water heating and radiant cooling/heating systems. In fact, the community is a pilot project for the PG&E Net Zero Energy Pilot Program.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 73,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The new solar energy system allows Sweetwater Spectrum to generate enough electricity each day to power over 12 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 20 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than a million miles of driving.

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SolarCraft Installs Solar Power System for Covenant Community Church

Vacaville Church Now Solar Powered

solar power, Vacaville, CA churchNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 29.5 kW solar electric system at Covenant Community Church in Vacaville, CA. The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for decades to come.

Toby Hanes, a church member stated, “I’m really pleased that our church has taken this step to become energy independent. It’s going to save us a lot of money over the years, which we can put to far better use for our growing congregation. SolarCraft installed a roof-top system on my residence about a year ago, and it has worked flawlessly.

The newly installed solar electric systems utilizes (117) ET Solar 250-watt solar panels. Spanning over 2,050 square feet, this system is roof-mounted on concrete tile. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 40,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the church. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar energy system allows Covenant Community Church to generate enough electricity each day to power 13 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 18 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1 million miles of driving.

About Covenant Community Church

The Covenant Community Church follows the Presbyterian faith and their vision is to meet people’s needs with the transforming grace and power of Jesus Christ. Everybody is welcome. They offer many ministries and programs for individuals and families. Their mission is to Celebrate God, Connect with others, and Change the world.

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SolarCraft Called Marin’s Best Solar Installer for 2013

Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a fourth year

Best of Marin 2013SolarCraft has been awarded the Best of Marin once again by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in Marin County. A Novato business since 1984, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County for the fourth consecutive year.

SolarCraft is a local, Novato based company in business since 1984, currently celebrating our 29 Year Anniversary. Local owners, Bill Stewart & Dennis Nuttman are committed to a green Marin. SolarCraft is a certified “Marin County Green Business” since 2003, providing renewable energy services in solar pool heating and solar electric: consulting, design, sales, financing, installation, monitoring and maintenance.

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Sunny Hill Services, San Anselmo; Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie’s School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

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San Rafael Solar Energy Case Study, Dufficy Family

Dufficy Family says Goodbye to Their Electric Bill

residential solar case study

Project Overview
Location San Rafael, CA
System Size 11.7 kW
Surface Area 842 sq. ft.
Product SunTech 245 watt
Production 17,170 kWh/year
# of Solar Panels 48

This San Rafael family was motivated to reduce their electricity bill of over $4,000 per year and achieve energy independence. With a keen eye for positive returns on investments the Dufficy family immediately saw the financial benefits of solar, so it was an easy decision to “go green”.

This powerful system consists of 48 solar panels, each controlled by an Enphase microinverter to maximize energy production by 10–12% and reduce the impact from shading. Microinverters also allow the homeowner to closely monitor each panel’s performance.

The system was designed using an aesthetically pleasing all-black panel. The Dufficys now have more money in their pockets while reducing their carbon footprint.

solar savings chartBenefits

  • Saves Dufficy family over $4,000 in electric bills annually
  • Shields the Dufficys from electrical rate increases
  • Will realize ROI in 5-6 years
  • Will reduce CO2 emissions by 7 tons annually, equivalent to eliminating over 16,000 miles of driving each year

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SolarCraft Donates Solar Energy System to Sonoma Garden Park

Local Sonoma Park Greenhouse Now Powered by the Sun

solar energy, Sonoma Garden ParkSolarCraft, with offices in Sonoma and Novato, donated and installed a solar electric system at the Sonoma Garden Park, the six-acre working farm on 7th Street East, given to the City of Sonoma by Pauline Bond and managed by Sonoma Ecology Center.

The solar power system will generate more electricity than currently used by the facility for lighting, irrigation, and ventilation of the nursery and greenhouse. Excess production will be fed back into the local utility grid, generating a bill credit which is a potential source of future revenue for the center, as well as having additional solar capacity for the installation of several greenhouses planned for the future.

The system features micro-inverters manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma that will allow easy incremental expansion of the system in the future.

“We’re delighted to have SolarCraft’s solar installation at Sonoma Garden Park,” said Richard Dale, Executive Director of Sonoma Ecology Center. “Their donation offers a perfect example of community support where it’s needed; it helps with a key part of the Garden’s operations and saves us future expenses, and it leverages grants, additional donations, and in-kind support to help our Garden grow.”

About Sonoma Garden Park

Sonoma Garden Park is a six-acre working farm, a model of sustainable agriculture, and the educational campus of Sonoma Ecology Center. Located at 19996 7th Street East in Sonoma, the Garden Park offers a beautiful, natural environment with educational opportunities for both adults and children.

Donated to the City of Sonoma by Pauline Bond and managed by Sonoma Ecology Center, the Garden features a demonstration garden, butterfly garden, fig forest, straw bale barn, over 150 fruit trees, a solar well, interpretive displays and walking trails.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Merryvale Vineyards

Winery Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

winery solar energySolarCraft both designed and built this 277 kW solar electric system for Merryvale’s new Starmont production facility at Stanly Ranch in Napa, CA, providing an estimated 90–100% of the winery’s annual electricity needs.

The winery’s building is roughly 64,000 square feet and now supports over (1,632) 170 watt Sharp solar panels. The 22,205 square feet of high capacity solar panels will generate roughly 277 kilowatts peak power. The system will generate enough electricity to virtually eliminate expensive peak-period usage, while also selling excess power back to the local utility company for credit. The credits are sold to the utility company at peak rates and the customer uses them back during nights and winter.

SolarCraft assisted Merryvale with the applications for the solar energy rebate program with the Public Utilities Commission. In 2006 the PUC approved the project and the system was installed.

The new system will enable Merryvale Vineyards to generate enough clean electricity each day to power 117 average homes. The new system will spare the air nearly 207 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually, comparable to planting over 42 acres of trees. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to driving over 14 million miles.

solar panels, winery

System Specifications
System Size 277 kW DC
235 kW AC
Location Napa, CA
Solar Panel (1632) Sharp 170 W
Inverter (2) SatCon 135 kW
Mounting System Unirac — Sunframe
Estimated Annual kWh 395,442
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
The first winery built in the Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale is located in the heart of the America’s premier wine region. Sumptuous Bordeaux varietal grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) contribute to the legend that is ‘Profile’ — Merryvale’s exclusive red blend. Merryvale has the privilege of selecting the highest quality grapes from many outstanding Napa Valley vineyards.

Merryvale’s Starmont label includes classic varietal wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Solar energy is good for the environment and the reduction of greenhouse gases is good for the community. With rising energy costs and the generous rebates currently offered, going solar was an easy decision. SolarCraft was very flexible and their professionalism was exceptional.”
~ Alex Gunst, Pound Co., Construction Project Manager

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Ballentine Vineyards

Winery Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Roof mount solar panels, Ballentine VineyardsSolarCraft both designed and built this 87 kW solar electric system for Ballentine Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. The project integrates both the winery building/tasting room and barrel storage on the property — now powered by the sun.
The system consists of (512) Mitsubishi 170 watt solar panels.

The 6,944 square feet of high capacity solar panels will generate roughly 87 kilowatts peak power. The system will generate enough electricity to virtually eliminate expensive peak-period usage, while also selling excess power back to the local utility company for credit. The credits are sold to the utility company at peak rates and the customer uses them back during nights and winter.

The new system will enable Ballentine Vineyards to generate enough clean electricity each day to power 38 average homes. The new system will spare the air nearly 67 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually, comparable to planting over 13.5 acres of trees. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to driving over 4.6 million miles.

solar panels closeup, Ballentine Vineyards

System Specifications
System Size 87 kW DC
76 kW AC
Location St. Helena, CA
Solar Panel (512) Mitsubishi 170W
Inverter SatCon 755 kW
Mounting System Custom
Estimated Annual kWh 114,169
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

Van Ballentine grew up in St. Helena — Ballentine Vineyard’s roots run very deep in Napa Valley. Ballentine owns 100 acres of vines spread among the Crystal Springs Vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain, Pocai Ranch between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail and the Home Vineyard at the winery. Ballentine focuses on red varietals; Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The grapes used for their wines are all 100% estate grown.

Van Ballentine personally manages each vineyard.

“Our main reason for installing a PV system is to eliminate our high electric bills. We are now utilizing clean energy to reduce our costs. Solar energy makes good financial sense and the environmental benefits are an added bonus. The installation went very smoothly, and we are very pleased with the placement and esthetics of the system. SolarCraft exceeded our expectations.”
~ Van Ballentine, Owner

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SolarCraft Helps United Cerebral Palsy Go Solar

North Bay Non-Profit Goes Green

solar energy, Napa, CANovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 71.8 kW solar electric system at WineBev Services in Napa CA, a social enterprise of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay. The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for its facility for decades to come.

The solar power system is roof-mounted using a Panel Claw ballasted mounting system and consists of 252 SunTech 285-watt panels, spanning over 5,269 square feet. The system powers two tenant offices, as well as WineBev Services, an UCP employment program for adults with disabilities that provides packaging services to many local retail applications.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates high upfront costs. The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.

“UCP of the North Bay has joined the growing number of businesses committed to the long-term environmental sustainability of Napa County,” said Margaret Farman, Executive Director, UCP of the North Bay. “Our business, WineBev Services, provides packaging services for the wine industry and other business partners while employing people with disabilities at market-rate wages. WineBev is now supplied with solar energy thanks to SolarCraft, the Gasser Foundation and Sustainable Napa County. The completion of this collaborative project marks another important milestone for our agency as we strive to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities so they may achieve a ‘life without limits’.”

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and are expected to generate approximately 102,630 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The new solar energy system allows United Cerebral Palsy to generate enough electricity each day to power over 31 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 45 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 3 million miles of driving.

About United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay

UCP of the North Bay is a locally run, non-profit organization. As an affiliate of UCP serving Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties, they provide services for children and adults with disabilities and their families living in Northern California. In addition to Cypress School in Petaluma for ages 5-22 and recreation services, UCP operates WineBev Services and Gone For Good; UCP of the North Bay businesses that provide employment and career training for adults with disabilities.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Sunny Hills

Non-profit Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

solar panels, Sunny Hills, San AnselmoSunny Hills Services in San Anselmo, CA was looking for a sustainable solution to gain control of their rising energy costs. Solar was the right fit. The photovoltaic system will provide clean, green energy and enormous savings for its long-standing facility.

The 53.6 kW solar electric system is roof-mounted on the gymnasium and administration buildings, spanning over 3,963 square feet, helping to shade and cool the building.

Each of the 224 solar panels is controlled by a microinverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Microinverters are small, compact units directly attached to each solar panel to convert power independently at the panel, maximizing energy production and reducing impacts from shading. Microinverters increase system efficiency by 10–12%.

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 90,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable energy to their operations for decades to come.

The new solar energy system allows Sunny Hills to generate enough electricity each day to power over 27 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 40 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2.7 million miles of driving.

solar panels, Sunny Hills, San Anselmo

System Specifications
System Size 53.6 kW DC
46.1 kW AC
Location San Anselmo, CA
Solar Panel (32) Centrosolar 235 W
(192) Centrosolar 240 W
Inverter (224) Enphase Energy M215
Mounting System SnapNrack / Custom
Estimated Annual kWh 90,000
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

Sunny Hills Services is a private, non-profit organization serving vulnerable youth and their families. What was originally founded in 1895 as an orphanage and farm in San Anselmo, California is now a regional child welfare organization dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing and healing at-risk children and adolescents. Today, the agency offers a broad spectrum of residential, educational, mental health, and community based services to hundreds of vulnerable children each year.

“We truly appreciate the effort that SolarCraft put into finding lease financing that is cost-neutral over the seven-year term of the lease—a key criteria for us. Being able to implement this green energy solution means a lot to us, and in addition, it will generate financial savings for the Agency after the initial lease term is up.”
~ Mary Denton, CEO, Sunny Hills Services

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Sunny Hills Services

Sunny Hills Services Goes Solar

San Anselmo solar installationNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 53.6 kW solar electric system at Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo, CA. The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for its long-standing facility.

Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services’ CEO, said “We truly appreciate the effort that SolarCraft put into finding lease financing that is cost-neutral over the seven-year term of the lease—a key criteria for us. Being able to implement this green energy solution means a lot to us, and in addition, it will generate financial savings for the Agency after the initial lease term is up.”

The system is roof-mounted on the gymnasium and administration buildings, spanning over 3,963 square feet, helping to shade and cool the building.

Each of the 224 solar panels is controlled by a microinverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Microinverters are small, compact units directly attached to each solar panel to convert power independently at the panel, maximizing energy production and reducing impacts from shading. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10–12%.

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 90,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to their operations for decades to come.

The new solar energy system allows Sunny Hills to generate enough electricity each day to power over 27 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 40 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2.7 million miles of driving.
About About Sunny Hills Services

Sunny Hills Services is a private, non-profit organization serving vulnerable youth and their families. What was originally founded in 1895 as an orphanage and farm in San Anselmo, California is now a regional child welfare organization dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing and healing at-risk children and adolescents. Today, the agency offers a broad spectrum of residential, educational, mental health, and community based services to hundreds of vulnerable children each year.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to C&T Publishing

Sun Shines on Local Publishing House

solar power at C&T PublishingNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 34.5 kW solar electric system for C&T Publishing in Concord, CA. The long- standing publishing facility can now capture the sun to power its operations — saving them thousands in utility costs every year.

The project consists of 128 SunTech 270-watt solar panels spanning 2,540 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building. Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load.

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 57,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for decades to come.

The new solar energy system allows C&T Publishing to generate enough electricity each day to power over 17 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2 million miles of driving.

About C&T Publishing

Since its founding in 1983, C&T Publishing has become the industry leader for providing exceptional books and products to the quilting, paper craft, and fiber art markets throughout the United States and internationally. Consumers purchase their products through quilt, fabric, and craft stores; book, gift and museum shops; scrapbook and paper craft stores; and book clubs. For more information go to: www.ctpub.com or www.ctpubblog.com.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Dana Estates Vineyard & Winery

Winery Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

commercial solar panels, Dana Estates, RutherfordIn addition to producing award-winning wines, Dana Estates Vineyard & Winery practices organic farming and stewardship of the land. The benefits from the sun’s renewable energy was the perfect fit.

SolarCraft was selected to design and install a 190 kW solar electric installation for their winery in Rutherford, CA. Dana Estates is now powered by free energy from the sun, providing significant savings for their Napa Valley vineyards and winery.

The project consists of six ground-mounted systems at several vineyard locations in the Rutherford/St. Helena area and the main winery facilities, offsetting close to 100% of their total electricity usage. Combined, the systems utilize a total of 800 Trina 235-watt panels generating approximately 300,250 kilowatt hours of energy annually.

Each of the 800 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Microinverters are small, compact units directly attached to each solar panel to convert power independently at the panel, maximizing energy production and reducing impacts from shading. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10-12%.

The new solar energy system will enable Dana Estates to generate enough electricity each day to power over 81 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 117 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 8.1 million miles of driving.

commercial solar panels, Dana Estates Vineyard, Rutherford

System Specifications
System Size 190 kW DC
162 kW AC
Location Rutherford, CA
Solar Panel (800) Trina 235 W
Inverter (800) Enphase Energy M215
Mounting System IronRidge racking
Estimated Annual kWh 300,250
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
Dana Estates is located in the heart of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. The winery has been constructed around the original stone walls built in 1883 by vintner H.W. Helms.This is a “winemaker’s winery” and is set up entirely with their vineyards and small lots in mind. The Dana Estates’ 2007 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was one of just a few bottles to earn a perfect score of 100 points from wine critic Robert Parker.

“At Dana Estates the solar offset of our energy needs goes hand in hand with our Certified Organic Vineyards and our natural approach to winemaking. SolarCraft, as a local solar installer, was a clear choice for us. The local, hands-on management and detail oriented employees made the install easy and efficient.”
~ Cameron Vawter, Director of Production, Dana Estates

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Commercial Solar Case Study, The Sea Ranch

Community Association Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

solar panels, Sea Ranch, CAThe Sea Ranch Association (TSRA) in The Sea Ranch, CA is a Northern California community known for the natural architecture that blends with the landscape and preservation of the environment. These ideals led to TSRA to choose solar — a technology that is lowering their operating costs through energy savings and reducing their carbon footprint.

The 90 kW solar electric system at TSRA is comprised of two separate systems. One system powers the administration offices. This system is 25.2 kW, consisting of 105 high-efficiency SunPower 240 watt solar panels installed on the roof of the administration building. Each of the 105 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. The micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10-12%.

The second system is ground mounted and will provide power to the Association’s water treatment plant. It will generate 64.8 kW of power and consists of 240 SunTech 270 watt panels.

The new solar energy system is expected to produce 125,222 kWh annually and will enable TSRA to generate enough electricity each day to power over 39 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 57 tons of harmful greenhouse gases every year. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 4 million miles of driving.

solar power, Sonoma County, CA

System Specifications
System Size 90 kW DC
78 kW AC
Location The Sea Ranch, CA
Solar Panel (105) SunPower 240 watt
(240) SunTech 270 watt
Inverter (105) Enphase Energy M210
(1) Solectricia PV 106kW
Mounting System SnapNrack (Roof) PanelClaw (Ground)
Estimated Annual kWh 125,222
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
The Sea Ranch is an unincorporated community of private homes along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast in Northern California. More than 1,700 houses are situated on bluffs, in meadows, on hillsides, and in the forest. It’s noted for its distinctive architecture of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles, which blend into the landscape. The community’s development played a role in the establishment of a concept of “Living lightly on the Land.”

“The installation went smoothly and we are amazed at the ease of monitoring and the information provided. The Sea Ranch Association is very satisfied with the product, the staff at SolarCraft, and the carbon footprint reduction we are thus far achieving.”
~ Randy H. Burke, Director of Works, The Sea Ranch Water Company / Association

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to The Sea Ranch

North Coast Community Sees the Sun

The Sea Ranch Association solar panelsNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 90 kW solar power installation for The Sea Ranch Association (TSRA) in The Sea Ranch, CA. The Association is now powered by free energy from the sun, providing significant savings for their Sonoma Coast community.

The 90 kW solar electric system at TSRA is comprised of two separate systems. One system powers the administration offices. This system is 25.2 kW, consisting of 105 high-efficiency SunPower 240 watt solar panels installed on the roof of the administration building. Each of the 105 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. The micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 – 12%.

The second system is ground mounted and will provide power to the Association’s water treatment plant. It will generate 64.8 kW of power and consists of 240 SunTech 270 watt panels.

“The installation went smoothly and we are amazed at the ease of monitoring and the information provided. The Sea Ranch Association is very satisfied with the product, the staff at SolarCraft, and the carbon footprint reduction we are thus far achieving,” said Randy H. Burke, Director of Works, The Sea Ranch Water Company / Association.

The new solar energy system is expected to produce 125,222 kWh annually and will enable The Sea Ranch Association to generate enough electricity each day to power over 39 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 57 tons of harmful greenhouse gases every year. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 4 million miles of driving.

About The Sea Ranch

The Sea Ranch is an unincorporated community of private homes along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast in Northern California. More than 1,700 houses are situated on the bluffs, in the meadows, on the hillsides, and in the forest. It’s noted for its distinctive architecture, consisting of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles, which blend into the landscape. The community’s development played a role in the establishment of a concept of “Living lightly on the Land.”

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Installation at Fort Ross Vineyard

New North Coast Tasting Room Powered by the Sun

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a solar power installation for Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery in Jenner, CA. The newly completed tasting room is now powered by clean, renewable solar power — providing savings to the winery for decades to come.

Mounted on the steel roof of the tasting room, the system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and will reduce the winery’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

Each of the solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10-12%.

About Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

Less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, Fort Ross Vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest vineyard to the ocean in all of California. The new tasting room opening makes this the first and only vineyard tasting room along the majestic Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. The Tasting Room will offer Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage, all made from grapes grown exclusively on the Fort Ross Vineyard Estate.

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SolarCraft Brings Solar to Altamont Apartments

Rohnert Park Apartment Complex Sees the Light

Altamont Apartments solar panelsNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 122 kW solar electric installation for the Altamont Apartments in Rohnert Park, CA. All common areas, including lighting, pool, spa, elevators and a movie theater will be powered by clean, solar energy.

The project consists of 509 SunTech 240-watt solar panels spanning 9,043 square feet of roof tops on multiple buildings. The total system is expected to generate approximately 189,760 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for years to come.

Each of the 509 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10-12%.

The new solar energy system allows the Altamont Apartments to generate enough electricity each day to power over 53 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 77 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5 million miles of driving.

About Altamont Apartments

Altamont Apartments is a four story 230-unit apartment complex designed for senior (55+) living. This complex offers many amenities including: air conditioning, pool, spa, elevators, movie theater, fitness room, party tables, cards and other games. Social activities are offered on a regular basis. These Rohnert Park Apartments are conveniently located within walking distance of: Senior Center, shopping, banking, post office, bus stop, dining and much more.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Hartle Court Permanent Supportive Housing

Non-profit Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

roof mount solar panels, Napa

The Hartle Court Permanent Supportive Housing facility in Napa, CA was designed with energy efficiency in mind. As part of that plan, SolarCraft both designed and installed a 23 kW solar electric system. The recently completed housing facility is now powered by clean solar energy, providing significant savings to the facility.

The Hartle Court Facility, developed by the Gasser Foundation and operated by The Progress Foundation, is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver. This would be the Napa Valley’s first LEED Certified Multi-Family Residential Development.

The project consists of 98 Sharp 235-watt solar panels spanning 1,719 square feet of roof tops on multiple buildings. The system is expected to generate approximately 31,540 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the facility for years to come.

Each of the 98 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures, and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10–12%. In addition to resolving shade issues, the Enphase inverters allowed for the flexibility of solar panel awnings over several windows on the facility.

The new solar energy system allows the Hartle Court Facility to generate enough electricity each day to power over 11 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 17 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1 million miles of driving.

The monitoring display for the system is located in the front office and is available for public viewing.

Solar awning, Hartle Court, Napa

System Specifications
System Size 23 kW DC
20 kW AC
Location Napa, CA
Solar Panel (98) Sharp 235 watt
Inverter (98) Enphase Energy M215
Mounting System ProSolar with S-5! Clamps
Estimated Annual kWh 31,540
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

The Hartle Court facility includes 18 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments. The two-bedroom apartments will serve “transitional age youth,” typically young adults leaving foster care. The one-bedroom apartments will be for adults served by Progress Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to providing community-based residential treatment and supported housing programs to people with mental disabilities.

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SolarCraft Once Again Named Marin’s Leading Solar Panel Installer 2012

Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a third year

Best Solar Installer, Best of Marin 2012SolarCraft has once again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in Marin County. A Novato business since 1984, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County for the third consecutive year.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California. Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers. With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie’s School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy System for Napa Supportive Housing Project

Napa Housing Complex Gets Free Energy from the Sun

Solar Panels, Napa Supportive HousngNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 23 kW solar electric installation for the Hartle Court Permanent Supportive Housing project in Napa, CA. The recently completed housing complex is now powered by clean solar energy, providing significant savings to the facility.

The Supportive Housing project, developed by the Gasser Foundation and operated by The Progress Foundation, is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver. This would be the Napa Valley’s first LEED Certified Multi-Family Residential Development.

The project consists of 98 Sharp 235-watt solar panels spanning 1,719 square feet of rooftops on multiple buildings. The system is expected to generate approximately 31,540 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for years to come.

The new solar energy system allows the Housing Project to generate enough electricity each day to power over 11 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 17 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1 million miles of driving.

The monitoring display for the system is located in the front office and is available for public viewing.

About Hartle Court Permanent Supportive Housing

The new complex, on Hartle Court West, includes 18 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. The two-bedroom apartments will serve “transitional age youth,” typically young adults leaving foster care homes. The one-bedroom apartments will be for adults served by Progress Foundation, a non-profit agency dedicated to providing community-based residential treatment and supported housing programs to people with mental disabilities.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Medtronic

Corporate Business Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

solar panels, Santa Rosa, CATo control rising energy costs and employ environmentally conscious business practices, Medtronic flipped the switch to solar. Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft designed and installed the 321 kW solar electric system at the main Santa Rosa campus of Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. The company’s primary North Bay facility, located in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, is now partly powered by free energy from the sun.

The new energy system offsets electric usage at the main building and the testing labs, providing an expected net-savings of approximately $1.8 million over the next 20 years. The ground-mounted system utilizes 1,344 SunTech 275-watt panels and spans more than 28,100 square feet. The system will generate approximately 560,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing clean power for Medtronic’s operations and reducing the strain on the local utility grid during peak usage hours.

The system will enable Medtronic to generate enough electricity each day to power more than 186 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 250 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 16 million miles of driving or planting 50 acres of air-filtering trees.

With a 25-year warranty and 30 year design life, this solar power system will provide sustainable, clean energy for decades to come.

groundmount solar energy, Medtronic

System Specifications
System Size 369.6 kW DC
321.7 kW AC
Location Santa Rosa, CA
Solar Panel (1,344) SunTech 275 W
Inverter (1) Satcon PVS 135
(2) Satcon PVS 100
Mounting System Ironridge Solar
Estimated Annual kWh 560,000
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is committed to alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. Medtronic’s Santa Rosa-based businesses make coronary stents and aortic stent grafts, among other medical devices and technology used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy Installation for Medtronic in Santa Rosa

Medical Technology Leader’s North Bay Facility Goes Green

Solar Panels, Medtronic, Santa RosaNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently completed the design and installation of a 321 kW solar electric installation at the main Santa Rosa campus of Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. The company’s primary North Bay facility, located in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, is now partly powered by free energy from the sun.

The new energy system offsets electric usage at the main building and the testing labs, providing an expected net-savings of approximately $1.8 million over the next 20 years. The combined, ground-mounted system utilizes 1,344 SunTech 275-watt panels and spans more than 28,100 square feet. The system will generate approximately 560,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing clean power for Medtronic’s operations and reducing the strain on the local utility grid during peak usage hours.

The system will enable Medtronic to generate enough electricity each day to power more than 186 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 250 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 16 million miles of driving or planting 50 acres of air-filtering trees.

With a 25-year warranty and 30 year design life, this solar power system will provide sustainable, clean energy for decades to come.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is committed to alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. Medtronic’s Santa Rosa-based businesses make coronary stents and aortic stent grafts, among other medical devices and technology used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Windsor High School

School Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Windsor High School solar energyTo control rising energy costs and provide an example in teaching students about energy conservation and sustainability, Windsor High School in Windsor, CA has flipped the switch to solar power. SolarCraft designed and installed a 26 kW solar electric system for their new Digital Communications Facility. The Sonoma County School now captures the sun’s energy to power its facility.

The system consists of 93 SunTech 280 watt solar panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity and will generate approximately 36,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The roof mounted system spans 1,944 square feet and also helps to shade and protect the roof.

The new system will reduce the school’s utility costs by thousands every year, freeing funds for educating students. Excess power generated during the day is sent back to PG&E for credit towards future use.

Solar power generated from the system will produce enough clean energy each day to power 11 average homes. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.6 million miles of driving and spare the air nearly 690 tons of carbon emissions.

The system is expected to pay for itself in 5-6 years, requires minimal maintenance, runs silently, and has an operating life of 25 years or more. It will provide Windsor High School clean, reliable power and energy savings for decades to come.

Windsor, CA solar power

System Specifications
System Size 26.0 kW DC
22.3 kW AC
Location Windsor, CA
Solar Panel (93) SunTech 280 W
Inverter (1) SMA SB7000 (208 V)
(3) SMA SB6000 (208 V)
Mounting System ProSolar (anchored & ballasted)
Estimated Annual kWh 36,000
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
Windsor High School has a unique “core” system for its students to make the large school seem not as large. All students are enrolled in an academic core along with other non-core classes. The core structure incorporates teams of three teachers who work together to deliver instruction through interdisciplinary project-based strategies. Each core of three teachers meets with students on alternating days for 4 ½ hours of continuous instruction to deliver content in three subject areas.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Santa Rosa Utilities

Civic Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Santa Rosa utilites solarDesigned and installed by SolarCraft, this solar energy system allows Santa Rosa Utilities to capture the sun to power their operations. The 40,000 square-foot complex in Santa Rosa, CA is now powered by clean solar power.

The 103 kW solar electric system at the Utilities Department facility consists of two separate systems. The first system is mounted on the flat surface area of the roof, consisting of 334 SunPower-230 watt solar panels. SolarCraft engineered and installed the non-penetrating roof mount system, utilizing SunPower T10 solar roof tiles that span over 4,608 square feet. The solar roof tiles insulate and protect the roof, while the tilt and reflectors allow for maximum energy output.

The second system is mounted on the four sloping “saw tooth” standing-seam roofs at the north end of the building, utilizing 120 SunTech 200 watt panels, covering over 1,800 square feet.

Approximately 119,000 kilowatt hours of energy will be generated annually, providing most of the facility’s energy consumption. The added insulation saves energy by reducing the building’s heating and cooling demands. The buildings have incorporated other energy-efficient features: solar tubes, natural lighting, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, and water recycling systems. The city received nearly $300,000 in rebates for its energy upgrades.

The new solar system will enable Santa Rosa Utilities to generate enough clean electricity each day to power over 52 homes. It will spare the air nearly 91 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 6.3 million miles of driving.

sonoma county solar panel installation

System Specifications
System Size 103.1 kW DC
91.1 kW AC
Location Santa Rosa, CA
Solar Panel (334) SunPower 230 W
(120) SunTech 200 W
Inverter (1) Satcon PowerGate Plus 75
(3) SMA SB7000
Mounting System ProSolar Non-penetrating
Estimated Annual kWh 119,000
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
The Santa Rosa Utilities Facility is a state-of-the art operations and maintenance facility that will allow the City of Santa Rosa to provide sustainable, reliable public service well into the 21st century. Located on a 30-acre site that once housed the City’s main wastewater treatment plant and a public safety firing range, the new campus has been planned and constructed to include operations, administration and training facilities along with shops, warehousing and material storage.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Ross School

School Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Ross School solar panelsJoining many other green Marin County Schools, Ross School has gone solar. Ross School chose SolarCraft to design and install their 111.7 kilowatt solar electric system, which will provide enormous savings to their facility. The project includes the newly rebuilt main school building and the gymnasium on the property — now powered by the sun.
Phase One of the system was installed on the main building during the school’s massive renovation. It consists of 312 American-made Sharp 240 watt solar modules. The second phase was later installed on the newly completed gymnasium and consists of 154 modules. The school is now able to utilize clean energy that is sustainable and price stable.
The solar panels are mounted on the steel, corrugated roof using an engineered non-penetrating mounting system that is low-profile and attractive on the new buildings. The panels span over 8,174 square feet and help insulate and protect the roof.
The new system will reduce the school’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.
The solar energy system will generate approximately 161,317 kilowatt hours annually, generating enough clean energy each day to power 56 homes. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 6.8 million miles of driving and spare the air nearly 3,000 tons of carbon emissions.

solar energy, Ross School

System Specifications
System Size 111.7 kW DC
96.1 kW AC
Location Ross, CA
Solar Panel (466) Sharp 240 W
Inverter (1) Satcon PVS-30 (208 V)
(2) Satcon PVS-50 (208 V)
Mounting System ProSolar non-penetrating
Estimated Annual kWh 161,317
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
Ross School is a unique single school K-8 district serving 378 children on one campus. Located in the heart of the town of Ross, in Marin County, the school serves the students of Ross and includes sections of Kentfield and San Anselmo, which border the town boundaries. Class sizes in K-8 average less than 20 students. Ross School students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy Installation at Windsor High School

New Digital Communications Building Now Solar Powered

Solar Panels, Windsor High SchoolNovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently announced it has completed the installation of a solar electric system for the new Digital Communications Facility at Windsor High School in Windsor, CA. The Sonoma County school now captures the sun’s energy to power its facility.

The system’s consists of 93 SunTech 280 watt solar panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity and will generate approximately 36,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The roof mounted system spans 1,944 square feet and helps to shade and protect the roof.

The new system will reduce the school’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is sent back to PG&E for credit towards future use.

Solar power generated from the system will produce enough clean energy each day to power over 11 homes. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.6 million miles of driving and spare the air nearly 690 tons of carbon emissions.

About Windsor High School

This school has a unique “core” system for its students to make the large school seem not as large. All students are enrolled in an academic core along with other non-core classes. The core structure incorporates teams of three teachers who work together to deliver instruction through interdisciplinary project-based strategies. Each core of three teachers meets with students on alternating days for 4 ½ hours of continuous instruction to deliver content in three subject areas.

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SolarCraft Helps Ross School Make the Switch to Solar Energy

Another Marin County School Goes Green

solar energy, Ross, CANovato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently announced it has completed the installation of a 111.7 kW solar electric system for Ross School in Ross, CA. The project includes the newly rebuilt main school building and the gymnasium on the property – now powered by the sun.

Phase One of the system was installed on the main building in 2010 during the school’s massive renovation project. It consists of 312 American-made Sharp 240 watt solar modules. The second phase was recently installed on the newly completed gymnasium and consists of 154 modules. The school is now able to utilize clean energy that is sustainable and price stable.

The solar panels are roof mounted using an engineered non-penetrating mounting system that is low-profile and attractive on the new buildings. The panels span over 8,174 square feet and help insulate and protect the roof.

The new system will reduce the school’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The solar energy system will generate approximately 161,317 kilowatt hours annually, generating enough clean energy each day to power 56 homes. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 6.8 million miles of driving and spare the air nearly 3,000 tons of carbon emissions.

About Ross School

Ross School is a unique single school K-8 district serving 378 children on one campus. Located in the heart of the town of Ross, in Marin County, the school serves the students of Ross and includes sections of Kentfield and San Anselmo, which border the town boundaries. Class sizes in K-8 average less than 20 students. Ross School students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District.

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SolarCraft Partners with SunRun to Offer Easy and Affordable Home Solar

Solar is now a possibility for every homeowner

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently announced it joined forces with national solar power service company SunRun. SolarCraft and SunRun will own, install, and maintain solar panels for homeowners throughout Northern California to eliminate the high cost of switching to solar.

“This innovative way of offering solar power lets homeowners use clean, renewable energy in their homes with a low upfront cost, and they pay less than what they are currently paying their utility,” said Bill Stewart, President of SolarCraft. “Homeowners pay for the power, not panels, so the responsibility of owning the equipment is taken out of the equation. It’s a win-win for the customer.”

With SolarCraft and SunRun, California homeowners can add solar to their homes for little or no money down and lock in low monthly payments for clean energy. Typical customers will pay less monthly than their current electric bill, saving between 10-15 percent on total monthly electric bills right away.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with a company of SolarCraft’s caliber,” said SunRun President and Co-founder Lynn Jurich. “This is an exciting opportunity to put affordable solar on the rooftops of more Californians and offer them a solar service that’s good for their finances and for the planet.”

SunRun’s agreements include monitoring, repairs, insurance and a performance guarantee, providing homeowners peace of mind when switching to solar power. The homeowner’s duration of low payments will last over a 20-year period so they can insulate themselves from rising and volatile utility rates. SunRun owns, insures and maintains the panels and SolarCraft takes care of the installation.

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SolarCraft is Rated Top Solar Company in the North Bay for a Second Consecutive Year

SolarCraft Ranked #1 by North Bay Business Journal

Novato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft has once again been ranked as the #1 Solar Company by the North Bay Business Journal’s list of solar companies, ranked first by last year’s North Bay solar revenues, then by North Bay employees. North Bay Business Journal’s Lists are the definitive source of business information in the North Bay, including the largest companies in a wide range of major industries: Banking & Finance, Health Care, Construction, Wine, Technology and Real Estate.

SolarCraft is very proud to be the honored once more as the top North Bay Solar Installer. “Number one in probably the most competitive market in the country is quite an accomplishment” notes President and Co-Founder Bill Stewart.

In business since 1984, SolarCraft celebrates its 27th year providing renewable energy services to the North Bay. They offer full-service solar electric, solar pool heating and solar hot water, including consulting, design, installation, financing, monitoring and maintenance.

SolarCraft’s knowledgeable and experienced representatives provide a FREE site consultation and estimate including design and wattage recommendations that are tailored to your requirements. They handle all the paperwork to maximize current rebates and tax incentives, and offer a variety of financing packages.

SolarCraft’s notable North Bay projects include: Meadow Club Golf Course, Fairfax; Marin Airporter, San Rafael; M.A. Silva Corks USA,Santa Rosa; Sonoma Police Department, Sonoma; Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park; Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie’s School, Novato; U.S. Coast Guard, Petaluma; Jacuzzi Vineyards, Sonoma; Dahl-Beck Electric, Richmond; Dominican College, San Rafael; Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Santa Rosa; Starmont by Merryvale Vineyards, Napa; Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club, Santa Rosa; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Cline Cellars, Sonoma; Woodlands Market, Kentfield and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

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