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SolarCraft Names Solar Industry Leader Ted Walsh as CEO

The North Bay’s Leading Solar Provider Strengthens Leadership Team with Local
Renewable Energy Executive

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar and clean energy system design and installation, has appointed Ted Walsh to serve as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Walsh, who formerly served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at SolarCraft, takes the helm to guide the company’s strategic direction and fulfil the company’s mission of delivering the highest value solar and clean energy solutions. “Ted has done many impressive things in our industry over the last decade, and helped to grow local solar adoption to one of the most respected levels in the country,” Bill Stewart said. Stewart, SolarCraft’s Founder, former CEO and current Board Member continued: “Ted is committed to teamwork and holds a deep respect for our clients, partners and employees. We are excited to have Ted lead SolarCraft, and excited for the future as the company expands our technology and service offerings.”

Mr. Walsh has been a leader in the solar industry for more than 10 years, and has led several local solar companies to their most stable growth periods. Throughout his career, Ted’s local work in renewable energy has gained national recognition. In 2007, he executed the GoSolarMarin program, at the time representing the largest community purchase of home solar systems in the country. Successful programs GoSolarSonoma and GoSolarNapa soon followed, along with the development of hundreds of residential and commercial solar projects within the North Bay community. Significant projects include the deployment of the first two commercial-scale floating solar systems in the world for wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties, the development of the country’s first solar-powered multiplex theater in Fairfax, as well as helping many of the Bay Area’s leading organizations transition to solar power, including Apple, eBay, Sutter Health, Jackson Family Wines, Gallo, Friedman’s Home Improvement, The Marin Mammal Center and many more. Mr. Walsh also gained recognition for his local client’s commitments to renewable energy from the Obama White House.

Prior to joining SolarCraft, Ted was President of Stellar Energy, a national commercial-scale solar provider based in Sonoma County, where he led their growth and eventual acquisition by the nation’s largest utility. Previously, Ted worked at Marin-based SPG Solar for six years, serving as VP of Sales & Marketing and contributing to the company becoming one of California’s leading residential and commercial solar providers before eventually being acquired by the world’s largest solar company.

Joining the SolarCraft team in February of 2017, Ted brings his passion for environmental leadership and local sustainability with his expertise and experience in renewable energy to SolarCraft. Ted combines a high level of integrity, customer perspective and personnel management experience with expertise in local energy markets, energy technology, and project finance. He believes that SolarCraft possesses the ideal balance of commitment to community, ‘client-first’ company culture, technical expertise and partnerships to best serve the Northern California market.

“Solar makes a difference, short and long term, locally and globally,” says Walsh, who has lived and worked in the North Bay for more than a decade. “SolarCraft energy solutions save clients money, keep that money within the community, and improve environmental health locally. Our North Bay community, and the larger Northern California region, must lead the way on environmental and economic responsibility. As a community, we can set an example that the rest of the state, the rest of the country and the world can follow.”

Mr. Walsh holds degrees in Economics, Managerial Accounting, and Chemistry from the University of Rochester, NY and the University of South Florida, respectively. A lifelong athlete, he competed in the decathlon and basketball in college and played professional basketball in Europe. He continues to coach youth sports locally, volunteers for local community and sustainability programs, and lives in Marin County with his wife and two young children in a solar-powered, environmentally low-impact home.

SolarCraft delivers Solar and Clean Energy Solutions for homes in the North Bay and businesses and non-profit organizations throughout Northern California. SolarCraft provides the most advanced solar technology with expert in-house design/build services, all back by comprehensive warranties supported by 34 years of local experience and dedicated service and maintenance teams. SolarCraft is 100% Employee-Owned and is proud to be one of the largest green-tech employers in the area. We are a certified Green Business, a Pacific Sun ‘Best in Marin’ Hall of Fame member, and consistently ranked as one of the best places to work by the North Bay Business Journal. Our team of dedicated employee-partners is proud to have installed more solar energy systems than any other company based in the North Bay, including many of our community’s most recognizable organizations. We invite you to learn more about SolarCraft and the economic and environmental benefits of solar at www.solarcraft.com

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Hog Island Oyster Company

Commercial Business Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Hog Island Oyster Company, on scenic Tamales Bay in Marshall, CA, takes a strong stance on environmental responsibility. The decision to install a 90 kW solar energy system at its acclaimed West Marin Oyster Farm helps fulfill part of their larger sustainability strategy to minimize environmental impacts.

Hog Island now powers over 85% of its operations and retail oyster bar with clean, renewable energy, saving thousands in energy costs every year.

Not only does solar help the climate, but oysters and other shellfish, by reducing the amount of C02 in the ocean. Increased C02 in the water causes acidification, decreasing oysters’ ability to make their shells.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is mounted on multiple roofs and engineered to solve the coastal location’s challenges of high winds and salt mist corrosion. The system consists of 260 rugged, high-efficiency SunPower 345-watt solar panels. Solar Edge inverters maximize energy harvest from the system overall, using optimizers that manage the output of each module. Furthermore, the optimizers monitor the performance of each module and communicate performance data to a monitoring portal.

During the life of the system over 2,570 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the Hog Island’s carbon footprint, the equivalent of removing 8.4 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 44 acres of trees.

System Specifications
System Size 89.7 kW DC
81.6 kW AC
Location Marshall, CA
Solar Panel (260) SunPower 345 W
Inverter (3) SolarEdge SE20K
Mounting System EJOT/SnapNrack
Estimated Annual kWh 127,197
Cumulative Cash Positive 5-6 Years

Customer Profile

John Finger and Terry Sawyer started Hog Island Oyster Co. in 1983 with a five-acre shellfish lease, growing it to become one of the premiere producers of certified sustainable shellfish. With 160 acres in Tomales Bay plus a seed and hatchery operation in Humboldt Bay, Hog Island harvests and sells over 3.5 million oysters, Manila clams and mussels each year.

“Our industry depends on water quality. We’re on the front line of oceanic changes due to C02 absorption, which directly affects an oyster’s ability to form a shell. We’ve urged others to use alternative energy and we’re walking the walk. Our site has challenges including corrosive salt water and historic, aging buildings. We wanted to offset our facility’s high electrical loads, but it had to make financial sense. SolarCraft is very experienced and knowledgeable; they presented us with several scenarios that met those challenges. Their Operations team was very professional and easy to work with.”          ~Terry Sawyer, Co-founder, Hog Island Oyster Company

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Cypress School & River Montessori Charter School Go Green Together

SolarCraft Helps North Bay Schools Go Solar

pr-UCP River montessori by SolarCraftNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 98.5 kW solar electric system for The Cypress School and River Montessori Charter School in Petaluma, CA. The building is owned by United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, who also sponsors the Cypress School. The solar power system is shared by the two organizations who will both see significant savings from clean energy for decades to come.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar provider for over 33 years, the solar power system was carefully installed to overcome a number of technical and logistical challenges to ensure student and staff safety at the busy campus. The SolarCraft Operations Team interconnected the solar systems to three separate meters, maintained an existing rigorous roof warranty, and planned and executed the installation very carefully to minimize interruptions of the day-today operations of the schools.

“The energy savings are providing additional funds for our enrichment activities including Cypress/River Integrated Play Groups, we’re very happy to be producing clean energy,” said Laura Briggin, Cypress School Director.

With the industry-wide price reductions seen over the last few years, the SolarCraft Energy system will pay for itself very quickly. Generating approximately140,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, the system was designed to offset over 90% in their electric bills for the next 30 years.
Over the next 30 years, the solar system will prevent the emissions of more than 108 tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing the air pollution produced by more than 235,000 miles of driving or CO2 removed by 93 acres of trees in one year.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options for non-profit organizations, solutions that are catered to the unique needs of each client that allowing them to capture the financial and environmental benefits of solar without any initial investment or ongoing operating costs. Ultimately the finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.
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.

About River Montessori School
River Montessori Charter School is a public, tuition-free charter school that provides students with a learning culture grounded in Montessori Philosophy. It is a learning community where children are inspired to realize their academic, personal, and social potential to become global citizens.

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SolarCraft Hires – Expands Sales Team

Northern California Solar Leader Hires to Grow Thriving Business

SolarCraft, a Northern California leader in solar energy system installation, announced two new hires to its sales management team.  Bringing many years of experience in renewable energy project development, Kim A. Carpico and Jenise Granvold have both joined SolarCraft to help guide the sales team as they continue to implement new residential and commercial projects in the dynamic solar energy market.

Kim C. aKim A. Carpico graduated from University of Miami in 2009 with two bachelor degrees, Political Science and Environmental Science & Policy, and was then chosen to work in Security, Compliance and International Funding for the Clinton Foundation in Boston, MA.

She was later hired as the Environmental Program Manager for a Certified Green commercial construction company in South Florida.  Kim then pursued her Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy Science & Engineering from Háskólin Íslands in Iceland.   During her time there she worked with the Iceland Geothermal Cluster to develop a Sustainable Geothermal Resource Park for the community, companies and other industries to utilize geothermal waste heat as their power source.  After moving back to Northern California she worked for a local solar company before joining the sales team at SolarCraft.

JeniseJenise Granvold graduated in 2013 from CSU East Bay with a BS in Business Administration, earning concentrations in Corporate Management and Supply Chain Management. Since, she has gained multifaceted solar experienced including nonprofit management at Solar Sonoma County, solar sales with Pathways Energy, and installations with GRID Alternatives.

Jenise is a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, serves as the Chair of the Santa Rosa Junior College Solar PV Advisory Committee, and serves as a member of the Center for Climate Protection Solar Committee.

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Monticello Vineyards in Napa Valley Installs Solar Power

Corley Family Harvests their Own Power

Monticello2Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 177 kW DC solar installation at Monticello Vineyards in Napa, CA. The photovoltaic (PV) system is expected to offset 95% of their utility bill helping Monticello save thousands every month in electrical costs.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar installer for over 30 years, the solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on the east end of the property adjacent to the vineyards. The solar PV system consists of 540 high-efficiency SunPower 327-watt solar panels, designed to produce 280,000 kilowatt hours annually.

“After a very exhaustive search and after multiple interviews with customers of theirs we chose SolarCraft for our solar installation,” commented Kent Corley. “From the very earliest planning phase all the way to receiving permission to operate, SolarCraft’s team was with us every step of the way and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

The solar power system at Monticello Vineyards represents one of the many wineries who are making the switch to solar power to reduce their electric bills while helping to protect the environment. Vintners are realizing that the sun not only ripens their grapes, but provides sustainable power to their wineries as well.

During the life of the system, almost 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by the Monticello’s operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by more than 17 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 93 acres of trees in one year. The nearly maintenance-free system should pay for itself within 7 years.

About Monticello Vineyards
Monticello Vineyards is truly a family run winery and their first vintage dates from 1980. Jay Corley, came to Napa Valley in 1969 seeking land to plant and grow an estate vineyard. Forty plus years later, sons Kevin, Chris, Stephen and Kent manage the winery: Kevin is the Winegrower/ President, Chris is the Winemaker, Stephen is the Director of Wine Sales, and Kent handles corporate issues and special projects. It’s a small winery producing approximately 15,000 cases of wine annually under the Monticello Vineyards and CORLEY labels.

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Premier Marin County Golf Course Installs Large Solar Pool Heating System

SolarCraft Helps the Meadow Club Save Energy & Money

pr-img-SolarCraft install at Meadow Club PSSolarCraft announced today that it has completed installation of a solar pool heating system at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA. The renowned Marin County Golf Course & County Club’s pool is now heated by clean, renewable energy.

The new solar powered water heating system helps maintain an average water temperature of 80 degrees from April to October. It will save the Meadow Club thousands of dollars in utility fees and is projected to eliminate 106,640 lbs. of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The solar water heating system consists of 32 FAFCO high efficiency solar thermal panels. The 1,302 square-feet of solar collectors are ground mounted on either side of a public-access fire road near the Club, mostly hidden from view by trees and foliage.

“Our Club Members and staff take pride that we have taken this step to provide clean energy heating to our swimming pool,” said Jack Grehan, Meadow Club General Manager. “The system is unobtrusive to our property and has been working up to all expectations. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with SolarCraft on this project.”

In addition to the energy savings, over 40% of the system cost was reimbursed via the CSI Thermal Rebate Program. The CSI Thermal Rebate Program offers cash rebates on solar water heating systems for Commercial properties. The rebate program is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of the California Solar Initiative.

As part of The Meadow Club’s ongoing sustainability goals, the club has lowered energy use by using LED lighting, implemented water saving measures, added solar electricity to two buildings, and now the Club’s pool is heated by solar. Turning on of system coincided with the Grand Opening of Pool Season on Memorial Day weekend. Meadow Club members can now enjoy swimming in warm water heated by the sun.

About The Meadow Club
The first course designed in America by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the Meadow Club Golf Course sits on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in a magical setting and is considered one of California’s finest country clubs. Opened since 1927, the 18-hole “Meadow” course at the Meadow Club facility features 6,602 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

House of Worship Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

San Jose wanted to reduce electricity costs and build its sustainability practices solar power was the answer.

SolarCraft installed a 271 kW solar power system at their facility in Fremont, CA. The system is expected to offset 65% of the power usage in the new LEED Gold certified St. Joseph Residence and Dominican Center, which opened on the Motherhouse campus in March 2016. The system will save the Sisters over $9,000 per month in electrical costs.

SolarCraft presented financing options favorable for non-profits that so that the Sisters’ solar payments are lower than monthly PG&E bills. The system also dramatically reduces the Sisters’ climate footprint, supports their values, and allows them to apply the savings toward their mission and projects.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the system is mounted on multiple, custom engineered solar shade structures, which now act as protective carports for the Sisters’ and visitors’ vehicles. The system consists of 829 high-efficiency SunPower 327-watt solar panels, designed to produce 391,657 kilowatt hours annually.

SolarCraft also donated nine 200- watt solar modules to power a reactivated well, used to irrigate campus landscapes and gardens.

During the life of the system, almost 7,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide generated by campus operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by over 16 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 261 acres of trees in one year.

System Specifications
System Size 271.1 kW DC
244.9 kW AC
Location Fremont, CA
Solar Panel (829) SunPower 327 W
Inverter (8) SMA 24000TL-US
Mounting System Custom solar support structures/carports
Estimated Annual kWh 391,657
Cumulative Cash Positive 5-6 Years

Customer Profile

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are an international congregation of women religious. They express their Catholic faith through educational, social justice and care of creation ministries, faithfully responding to the needs of the times and serving “the young, the poor and the vulnerable.”

 “As Dominican Sisters we use the term “care of creation” to describe our environmental commitment to attend to the needs of our fragile Mother Earth and planetary home. When we outlined plans to build a residence and community center, solar power generation became an important part of the project, reducing our carbon footprint and lowering operating costs. The SolarCraft team helped us maximize these benefits, providing an affordable and dependable energy solution for our 26-acre Motherhouse home and campus.”

~Sister Gloria Marie Jones Former Congregational Prioress, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery

Winery Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

At Robert Young Estates Vineyards & Winery, energy use made up a significant portion of their operating costs. Looking to lower these costs and expand their sustainability practices, they turned to SolarCraft to design and install a solar power system at their Geyserville, CA winery.

This historic Alexander Valley property is now powered by renewable, clean energy while enjoying lower utility costs.

Now, with a 190 kW solar power system, electrical usage in the winery, vineyards, residences, and other buildings in the 450-acre estate will be offset by solar energy. This system will immensely reduce the carbon footprint on the estate and save millions of dollars over many years of operation.

The system is ground mounted on a small hillside and consists of 582 SunPower high-efficiency 327-watt solar panels. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 315,207 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, eliminating most of their electrical costs.

The system’s panels allow the Winery to generate enough electricity to spare the air more than 12 million lbs. of C02 gases annually. Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 20 million miles of driving. That’s comparable to the air pollution removed by 106 acres of trees.

System Specifications
System Size 190.3 kW DC
171.9 kW AC
Location Geyserville, CA
Solar Panel (582) SunPower 327 W
Inverter (7) SolarEdge SE20KUS
Mounting System SnapNrack Ground Mount
Estimated Annual kWh 315,207
Cumulative Cash Positive 5-6 Years

Customer Profile

Immigrating from upstate New York to California for the Gold Rush, Peter Young, grandfather of Robert Young, settled on a 206-acre ranch southeast of Geyserville, California in 1858. He was among the pioneers who literally built the community of the Alexander Valley. From wheat and cattle to prunes and now wine grapes, throughout six generations, the Scions of Robert Young have sustained a unique balance of dedication to and preservation of the land.

 “This solar array system is an important part of our continued commitment to farm and produce wines sustainably for generations to come.”

~Jim Young CEO, Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery

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The Light Shines on Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 271 kW DC solar installation at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, in Fremont, CA. The system is expected to offset 65% of the power usage in the new LEED Gold certified St. Joseph Residence and Dominican Center. The building officially opened on the Motherhouse campus in March 2016. The photovoltaic (PV) system will help the Sisters save over $9,000 every month in electrical costs.
SolarCraft presented financing options, which are favorable for non-profits and deliver sound financial returns. Essentially, solar power finance payments are lower than monthly PG&E bills. The system also dramatically reduces the Sisters’ climate footprint, supports their values, and allows them to apply these savings toward their mission and projects.

“As Dominican Sisters we use the term “care of creation” to describe our environmental commitment to attend to the needs of our fragile Mother Earth and planetary home,” said Sister Gloria Marie Jones, former Congregational Prioress. “When we outlined plans to build a residence and community center, solar power generation became an important part of the project, reducing our carbon footprint and lowering operating costs. The SolarCraft team helped us maximize these benefits, providing an affordable and dependable energy solution for our 26-acre Motherhouse home and campus.”

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is mounted on multiple, custom engineered solar shade structures, which now act as protective carports for the Sisters’ and visitors’ vehicles. The solar PV system consists of 829 high-efficiency SunPower 327-watt solar panels, designed to produce 391,657 kilowatt hours annually.

SolarCraft also donated nine 200-watt solar modules to power a reactivated well, which is used to irrigate campus landscapes and gardens.

During the life of the system, almost 7,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide generated by campus operations will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by over 16 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 261 acres of trees in one year.
About Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are an international congregation of women religious. They express their Catholic faith through educational, social justice and care of creation ministries, faithfully responding to the needs of the times and serving “the young, the poor and the vulnerable.” To learn more visit www.msjdominicans.org

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SolarCraft Welcomes New VP of Sales & Marketing

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system design and installation, announced today that Ted Walsh has joined their company as
VP of Sales & Marketing to help manage expanding solar business.

Ted Walsh leads the Sales and Marketing teams at SolarCraft, as they continue to develop and implement new projects in the residential and commercial solar energy markets. Ted has been a leader in the solar industry for more than 10 years, and has lead several local solar companies to national prominence while developing more than 100 commercial projects and several hundred residential solar projects within the North Bay community.  Most recently Ted was President of a leading national commercial solar provider based in Petaluma, leading their growth and eventual acquisition by the nation’s largest utility.

Joining the SolarCraft team in February of 2017, Ted is excited to bring his expertise and experience in renewable energy and his passion for environmental leadership and local sustainability to SolarCraft.  Ted combines a high level of integrity, customer perspective and personnel management experience with expertise in local energy markets, energy technology, and project finance.  He believes strongly that SolarCraft possesses the ideal balance of technical expertise, ‘client-first’ company culture, and proven technology partners to best serve the Northern California market.

Ted holds degrees in Economics, Managerial Accounting, and Chemistry from the University of Rochester and the University of South Florida, respectively.  A lifelong athlete, he competed in the decathlon in college and played professional basketball in Europe.  He coaches youth sports locally, volunteers for local community and sustainability programs, and lives in Western Marin County with his wife and two young children, whose middle names are Sunshine and Wind.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery

Sun Shines on Alexander Valley Vineyard

solar power installation, solar for wineries, Robert Young Winery

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 190 kW solar electric panel system at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery in Geyserville, CA. This historic Alexander Valley property is now powered by renewable, clean energy while enjoying lower utility costs.

Now, with a 190 kW solar power system, electrical use on all contiguous parcels of the 450-acre estate will be offset. In other words, with virtual net metering, most energy usage by Robert Young Estate winery, vineyards, residences, and other buildings will be offset by solar energy. This solar power system will immensely reduce the carbon footprint on the estate and save millions of dollars over many years of operation.

Jim Young, CEO of Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery said “This solar array system is an important part of our continued commitment to farm and produce wines sustainably for generations to come.”

The solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on a small hillside at the west end of the vineyards and consists of 582 SunPower high-efficiency 327-watt solar panels. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 315,207 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, eliminating most of their electrical costs.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Winery to generate enough electricity to spare the air more than 12 million lbs. of C02 gases annually. Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 20 million miles of driving. That’s comparable to the air pollution removed by 106 acres of trees.

About Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery
Immigrating from upstate New York to California for the Gold Rush, Peter Young, grandfather of Robert Young, settled on a 206-acre ranch southeast of Geyserville, California in 1858. He was among the pioneers who literally built the community of the Alexander Valley. From wheat and cattle to prunes and now wine grapes, throughout six generations, the Scions of Robert Young have sustained a unique balance of dedication to and preservation of the land.

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SolarCraft Installs Solar Power for St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

North Bay Church Saves Thousands with Solar Electricity

SolarCraft solar panel installation at St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

Sonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 26 kW solar panel system at St. James Church of Petaluma, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay Church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 100% of their PG&E usage.

The solar system is ground mounted in a visible location near the parking area, demonstrating to the Congregation the Church’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.   The solar system will reduce the church’s electricity bill by over $9,000 in its first year of operation.

The array is comprised of 96 Suniva 270-watt solar panels.  Each of the 96 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 Church’s solar electric panels will spare the air nearly 30 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over 25 years the system is estimated to offset 873,840 kWh of electricity and the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 2.4 million miles of driving or planting 13 acres of trees.

About St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

St. James Catholic Church was the second Catholic Church built in Petaluma. It was founded in 1964 and dedicated in 1966. Its architecture is reminiscent of the adobe structures built by early settlers, and the interior is finished in redwood, acknowledging its location in the heart of the redwood empire.  There have been three pastors in its history: Fr. Charles O’Leary, Fr. Michael Cleary, and Fr. Michael Culligan. All three priests were born in Ireland. Just as the Irish are famous for their faith and friendliness, you’ll find those virtues in the parish of St. James.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Nova Group

Corporate Business Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Nova group commissioned SolarCraft to install a 187 kW solar panel installation as part of the company’s move to reduce reliance on the electrical grid and lower their environmental footprint.

Nova Group is now generating their own power and enjoying over a 90% reduction in their power bills, saving the company $2 million dollars in energy fees over the next 20 years.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is ground-mounted and consists of 612 Canadian Solar 305- watt solar panels, providing 292,230 kWh of sustainable solar power every year. The excess energy is fed back to PG&E, reducing the energy pressures on the local power grid.

The ground-mounted array showcases Nova’s commitment to renewable energy to the public, as well as to its employees.

Over the life of the system 229 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from Nova Group’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing 19 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by more than 98 acres of trees. These numbers show there is a very positive impact with solar energy systems. Plus the system has about a 4-year pay back. A win-win for the environment and their bottom-line.

System Specifications
System Size 187 kW DC
168 kW AC
Location Napa, CA
Solar Panel (612) Canadian Solar 350 W
Inverter (6) SMA Tripower 1,000 v
Mounting System RBI Ground Mounted System with driven piles
Estimated Annual kWh 292,230
Cumulative Cash Positive 4 Years

Customer Profile

Nova Group, Inc. is a general engineering contractor with offices and a fabrication facility in Napa, California. Founded in 1976, Nova established its reputation by building steam lines for the U.S. Government at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Today, Nova employs over 150 people worldwide; is one of the nation’s most experienced and respected general engineering contractors specializing in hydrant fueling, waterfront, and utility construction; and has received almost $1.2 billion in government contracts.

“We are pleased to join the ranks of those businesses and homeowners who are choosing to get off the grid! As a company we take pride in our innovative and forward thinking approach to our construction projects and we try to apply that same spirit to everything we do. Converting our home office and shop to solar is a concrete example of that.”
~Walter Birdsall, Chief Financial Officer, Nova Group

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Non-Profit Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Sustainability and the environment are top priorities for Spirit Rock. The decision to install solar energy was driven by environmental benefits, and as a non-profit, stabilizing operating expenses and locking in energy prices were major drivers as well.

Spirit Rock partnered with SolarCraft to install a 116 kW solar electric system. This ground mounted system consists of (335) Sunpower 345- watt high efficiency solar modules, providing renewable energy power to the administrative offices, guest facilities and the meditation hall, reducing Spirit Rock’s utility costs by over 90%.

Through the use of special non-profit friendly financing through SolarCraft, which allows clients to benefit from commercial incentives, they pay less for solar power than they would to PG&E. In financial terms, the system generates positive cash flow immediately. Furthermore, Spirit Rock has the option to pay off the system after year 5 to own it outright.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 190,700 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually. The system allows Spirit Rock to generate enough electricity each day to power over 27 average homes. The amount of carbon offset by the PV array is equivalent to removing 50 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 3 million miles of driving or planting 10 acres of trees.

System Specifications
System Size 116 kW DC
105 kW AC
Location Woodacre, CA
Solar Panel (335) SunPower 335 W
Inverter (3) Power One Trio 27.6
Mounting System All metal with concrete piers
Estimated Annual kWh 190,700
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

Nestled in the hills of West Marin County, Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. It was founded in 1987 as Insight Meditation West and is visited by an estimated 40,000 people a year. Spirit Rock hosts a year-round schedule of residential retreats, daylong retreats/workshops, benefit workshops, and weekly classes.

 “‘Move through the world with care,’ taught the Buddha. Spirit Rock is a generator of metta, sending loving kindness across the world. Now our beautiful sunlight generates clean energy, a new form of care, and a reminder to us all to lovingly tend the earth.”
~Jack Kornfield Co-founder, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Panel Install at Marin Tennis Club

San Rafael Tennis Club Goes Solar and Saves Money

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SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 50.7 kW DC solar panel installation at the Marin Tennis Club in San Rafael, CA.   The new system offsets their utility bill by 93%, and now powers the Club with clean, sustainable solar energy, saving them thousands in energy fees every year.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the clubhouse and locker room rooftops, spanning over 2,700 square feet.   It consists of 155 high efficiency SunPower 327-watt solar panels, providing 70,532 kWh of solar power annually.

“With $0 down, and minimal incidental costs to our members, the Marin Tennis Club contracted with SolarCraft to install a solar system which will produce at least 70% of our projected main meter usage for years to come,” said Chris Ventris, General Manager.  “We will be producing more energy than we need during PG&Es peak rates and selling the surplus energy back to PG&E. The solar panels are initially leased to us and are maintained under a Power Purchase Agreement for the next 7 years, after which the Club may purchase them for a discounted price.”

Ventris continued, “We selected SolarCraft out of seven possible solar providers based primarily on the very knowledgeable staff, led by Jeannie Alderson, who helped educate our project team about the details of solar power and the various financing options available, and also the competitive pricing and contracting model SolarCraft offered. We were very pleased with SolarCraft’s professional and efficient installation of the solar panels and the timely completion of this project.”

Over the life of the system almost 3 million tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the Club’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing 4 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.

About Marin Tennis Club
Located in a sheltered, sunny location in the beautiful Dominican Area of San Rafael, Marin Tennis Club is first and foremost a Tennis Club with 12 superbly maintained courts.  The Club offers a wide variety of tennis related activities, including lessons, competitive tennis, social tennis and clinics.  There is an onsite café, pool and gym and the clubhouse is often the center for parties and other social activities. Marin Tennis club is known for the warm weather, clean courts, and friendly members and staff.

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Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Sees the Light

The Sun Shines on Napa Valley Synagogue

SolarCraft announced the completion of a 35 kW solar panel system at Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the Napa Synagogue’s photovoltaic system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving thousands in utility costs in the years to come.

SolarCraft introduced a new financing option very favorable for non-profits and Congregation Beth Shalom saw the sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month, allowing many houses of worship and spiritual communities to go solar.  They can dramatically reduce their climate footprint, which is very congruent with their values, as well as saving them money, which allows them to provide the valuable services to the community.

“It was very important to our membership that our new synagogue be as green and sustainable as possible,” said Paul Bloomberg, Congregation Member and Remodel Project Manager.  “We are a non-profit so their favorable pricing package, allowing us tremendous cost savings from solar power will have a profound impact on our finances and allow us to focus our resources on our membership and programming. I was very impressed with their professionalism, excellent communication, and expertise.  I was equally as happy when I selected Solar Craft for my personal residence!”

The solar photovoltaic system is mounted on multiple roof top locations and consists of 108 LG 320-watt solar panels.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 42,508 kilowatt hours of energy annually, offsetting their PG&E bills by 98 % and providing clean energy to the Synagogue.  Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Congregation to generate enough electricity each day to spare the air nearly 67,000 lbs. of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the life of the system, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 2.7 million miles of driving, or planting 4.3 acres of trees.

About Congregation Beth Shalom
For over sixty years, Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley (known as CBS) has been the center of Jewish life in the Napa Valley.  CBS had its beginnings during World War II as “The Napa Jewish Group”, meeting in members’ homes.  Being the only synagogue in Napa County, they continue to provide a rich religious, educational, cultural and social experience for the increasing number of Jews who have settled here resulting in a congregation of over 300.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Central Valley Farm

California Farming Operation Now Harvests the Power of the Sun

 Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 35.6 kW solar panel installation at a Central Valley Farming facility in Vernalis, CA. The Farm continues sustainable farming practices with the installation of solar panels which will eliminate a significant portion of the operation’s PG&E bill, saving the company thousands of dollars in energy fees every year.

SolarCraft designed, engineered and installed the project that consists of 9 ground-mount solar arrays. The photovoltaic system is interconnected to the Farm’s commercial shop meter and also virtually offsets a separate orchard irrigation pump meter through the PG&E Net Energy Meter Aggregation (NEMA) program. The system will offset 35% of the aggregated electricity use of the two meters. SolarCraft also assisted the Farm in applying for a Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant to offset up to 25% of the cost of the solar system.

The system consists of 108 Suniva 330-watt solar panels and 3 Fronius 10 kW inverters. The panels were installed on 9 ground mount Osprey modular racking units installed with driven anchors, eliminating the need for concrete footings.

Over the next 25 years, the system will generate over 1.3M kilowatt hours of clean energy, and the electrical portion of the system was also designed to be easily expanded to 86.5kW.

The new solar power system will allow the Farm to avoid production of 2,059,439 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing over 3 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 18 acres of trees.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Menlo Park Fire Station

Silicon Valley Fire Station Goes Green and Saves Money

pr-Menlo Park Fire Department_by_SolarCraftNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 41 kW DC solar panel installation at the newly constructed Station 2 Menlo Park Fire Department, Menlo Park, CA. The solar panel system will save the Station over $250,000 dollars in energy fees over the next 20 years.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is mounted on the top of a two-story standing-seem roof and consists of 126 American-made, Suniva 325-watt solar panels, providing 53,700 kWh of sustainable solar power annually. The excess energy is fed back to PG&E, reducing the energy pressures on the local power grid.

“This is our first solar project, we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to the energy consumption and reduction of a modern, working, fire station,” said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. “We will be including solar power to all future fire station projects based upon an improved return on investment to the community.”

SolarCraft was selected for their expertise and ability to design and engineer a system to meet the unique demands of the Fire Station for a high-performing reliable system with low operating costs and risks.

Over the life of the system 420 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the Station’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing nearly 1 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by more than 3 acres of trees.

About Menlo Park Fire District
The Menlo Park Fire District, which also serves East Palo Alto, Atherton and unincorporated areas of the county, turns 100 this year. Adding solar and other energy efficiency measures is part of the plans for new construction to grow resources. The newly built Station 2 is critical because it covers an area expected to see the most development over the next 20 years.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Cloverdale Unified School District

Sonoma County School Reduces Utility Bill and Saves Money

school solar panelsNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of solar panels on at Washington Middle School in the Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD), Cloverdale, CA.   The new 102 kW photovoltaic system will reduce their utility grid demand while saving the school district thousands in energy fees every year.

“The voters in Cloverdale passed the Measure G bond in 2010, and one of the main reasons the passage occurred is because the district included solar in its plans,” stated CUSD Superintendent Jeremy Decker.  “We are very excited that we have finally installed our solar panels and followed through with our promise to the community.”

The solar photovoltaic panels are ground-mounted at the Northwest corner of the school property, enclosed by fencing for added protection and security. The students have a first-hand opportunity to see how sunlight is converted to electricity and to learn of the importance for us all to explore the possibility of using renewable resources for our energy.

Solar power offers the CUSD an opportunity to help break away from the budget uncertainty surrounding energy, and to secure decades of reliable energy prices while significantly lowering their carbon footprint. The energy savings can go back towards the important work of education. The solar power system for Cloverdale Unified School district marks SolarCraft’s seventh installation for a Northern California school.

“Anytime that we make improvements to our school sites we always have the environment in mind. Installing solar panels at Washington not only allows us to provide power to a school, while lowering our electricity bill, but it shows our students and community that we are committed to being good stewards of the Earth,” says Jeremy Decker

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar system consists of 312 SunPower 327-watt, high efficiency solar panels, spanning over 5,475 square feet and providing 165,881 kWh of clean, renewable electricity annually. In the first year of operation, the solar panels are estimated to generate more than 73 percent of Cloverdale school district’s electricity needs. That’s about $40,860 in savings every year.

CUSD’s solar power system will generate enough electricity to power 24 average homes and will avoid production of almost 6,505,436 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 10.5 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 56 acres of trees.

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Commercial Solar Case Study, Redwood Credit Union

Financial Institution Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

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By going solar, Redwood Credit Union will offset about 61% of their utility grid demand and save the company thousands in utility fees every year. The 662 kW solar electric system was installed by SolarCraft at Redwood Credit Union’s administrative offices in Santa Rosa, CA, powering their facility with clean, sustainable solar power.

The solar array consists of 2,036 Suniva 320-watt solar panels, spanning over 42,460 square feet on the rooftop installation. Covering the majority of the rooftop, the solar panels further reduce the building’s heating and cooling load by insulating and protecting the roof.

 SolarCraft designed and installed the system to produce up to 945,097 kWh of clean, solar power annually and will provide an effective long-term hedge against future utility rate increases. Installing solar, a cost-effective and sustainable energy solution, is the latest upgrade to the LEED-certified facility, which has served as the Credit Union’s headquarters since 2007.

Redwood Credit Union’s solar power system will generate enough electricity to power 148 average homes and will avoid production of almost 272 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 15 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over 54 acres of trees.

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System Specifications
System Size 661.7 kW DC
572.8 kW AC
Location Santa Rosa, CA
Solar Panel (2,036) Suniva 325 W
Inverter (1) SMA 12000
(21) SMA 24000
Mounting System SunLink Precision-Modular RMS Ballasted
Estimated Annual kWh 945,097
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile
Redwood Credit Union provides personal and business banking services to anyone living or working in the North Bay or San Francisco.  RCU offers complete financial services including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking, business services, commercial and SBA lending, investment and financial planning services and more.

 “The addition of solar is a demonstration of our commitment to sustainable and earth-friendly practices. The additional benefit of long-term savings on power costs allows us to return even greater value to our 240,000 Members.”
~ Brett Martinez, President & CEO, Redwood Credit Union

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