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SolarCraft Earns Top Honor as BEST Marin Solar Installer

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

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SolarCraft, a Novato business since 1984,  has again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the Marin County.  Earning Best of Marin for 5 consecutive years put SolarCraft in the Pacific Sun’s Hall of Fame in 2015, which put them out of voting contention for one year.  In 2016, SolarCraft was once more voted the best solar installer in Marin County for a sixth year.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, 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 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre;  Sundial Broadcasting Station, Sausalito; Marin County Emergency Operations Facility, San Rafael;  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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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Nova Group

Napa Engineering & Construction Firm now Powered by the Sun

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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 187 kW solar panel installation at Nova Group in Napa, CA.  The solar panel system will provide over a 90% reduction in their power bills, saving the company $2 million dollars in energy fees over the next 20 years.

“We are pleased to join the ranks of those businesses and home owners who are choosing to get off the grid!” stated Nova Group CFO Walter Birdsall.  “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.”

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.

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.

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

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Cloverleaf Ranch

Sun Shines on Celebrated Sonoma County Camp

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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of solar panels at Cloverleaf Ranch in Santa Rosa, CA.  Located on 160 acres of oak tree dotted hills and grazing land in Sonoma County, the camp is now powered by renewable energy, saving the environment from 22 tons of carbon emissions every year.

The 17 kW solar photovoltaic system is ground-mounted on a hillside overlooking the surrounding vineyards at the camp.  Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar system consists of 52 SunPower 327-watt, high efficiency solar panels, providing 28,589 kWh of clean, sustainable electricity annually.

Shawna DeGrange was excited about the addition to the ranch and went on to explain, “While we are a very traditional camp, with traditional values, we want the community to know that we are also changing with the times. Our goal is not only to take care of our environment, but instill that appreciation of the outdoors to our youth. My goal is to add lesson planning in the camp program in a fun, educational setting to teach them the value of alternative power sources.”

Cloverleaf Ranch switched to solar power to reduce their carbon footprint and to create a better, more sustainable future for its campers and the community.

Cloverleaf’s solar power system will generate enough electricity comparable to avoiding production of over 44,848 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 1.8 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by more than 10 acres of trees.

About Cloverleaf Ranch
Cloverleaf Ranch originated in 1947 as a working ranch, and has become a “home away from home” for thousands of children and adults from all over the world for over half a century. The Ranch has continued to provide fun and excitement with the goal of changing lives for the better.  They offer an equestrian program, aquatics, sports program activities and other activities such as campouts, hiking, ropes course, arts and crafts, and many more great activities. Today, in addition to its award-winning horse boarding and riding programs, Cloverleaf ‘s rustic, charming ranch is home to Sonoma County’s Premiere Summer Camp Program.

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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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SolarCraft Becomes 100% Employee-Owned

North Bay Solar Energy Leader Sells to Employees through ESOP

SolarCraft, a 32 year old North Bay solar energy contractor has announced that it has transitioned to a fully Employee Owned Company, (ESOP).

Previous owners, Bill Stewart and Dennis Nuttman, plan to remain active in their current roles as President and Director, respectively, for the foreseeable future as the company transitions to a new management team made up of current employees.

“Over the years we have had offers to be bought out or rolled up by newer solar players looking to expand into this area”, says Bill Stewart, President, “but it never felt right to Dennis and I because of how it would change the nature of our company that we have built over 30 plus years, and the impact on our current long term employees was unknown. The ESOP seemed to fit our philosophy perfectly, in that the company will continue operating as a local North Bay focused solar contractor. It is also important to us that our current and future customers know that there is a transition plan in place and that SolarCraft will continue to operate for many years to come, with all of our valuable employees now being owners of the business”.

An ESOP is a qualified retirement plan that invests in the common stock of the sponsoring company and provides eligible employees with an ownership interest in this company. It is intended to share in and drive increased productivity and profitability, and ultimately an increased stock price from which employee owners will directly benefit.

Every employee now has the opportunity to reap the rewards of any future success created as a team.

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Sonoma Academy Makes the Switch to Solar

Sonoma County School Goes Green, Saves Money

Solar Panels at Sonoma AcademySonoma Academy has switched-on a 208 kW solar power project on the north edge of its campus. The electricity produced from this system is projected to save over $1,280,000 for the academy over the next 25 years allowing that money to flow directly back into education.

Sonoma Academy’s solar power system is not only about utility bills savings, but an example of the Academy’s intent to create a better, more sustainable future for its students. It will generate enough electricity to power about 50 average homes and will avoid production of 6,266 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing nearly 5 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 107 acres of trees.

A Local Team: The solar project was developed by SolEd Benefit Corp of San Rafael and investor MacDonald Eco Developments LLC of Sebastopol, and installed by SolarCraft of Novato.

Sonoma Academy did not have to buy the solar equipment, or take on any debt. It instead signed a 25-year Solar Power Purchase Agreement with SolEd Solar Holdings III, LLC to simply buy the clean energy produced and metered by the solar array. Under present Net Energy Metering rules (confirmed by the CA Public Utility Commission this month) the School’s meter will be credited at established retail values of energy during the bright summer months and on weekends while it uses little energy, and pays a modest cost (eventually declining) for energy delivered.

The solar modules are all-black mono-crystalline silicon PV 275-Watt panels manufactured in the U.S. by Suniva, Inc out of Norcross, GA, with a 25-year warranty. The inverters are HiQ Solar 8kW TrueStringTM smart inverters, made in California by HiQ Solar, Inc. of Santa Clara, CA. The hillside installation and racking on earth screws was accomplished by RBI Solar of Ohio. Overall system engineering, permitting, procurement and turnkey construction was managed by SolarCraft of Novato.

SolEd_webSolEd Benefit Corp was formed with the mission to lower the cost of clean energy for schools and public benefit clients. They are using a Solar Power Purchase Agreement document used by SolEd with a four-school District in Petaluma, and several other agencies in the Northbay.

Key terms of the Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) include:

• No upfront capital cost to Sonoma Academy
• No obligation for the School to operate and maintain the solar facility
• No fixed payments or debt obligations for the School
• No need to reserve for capital replacement or repairs – SolEd does that
• The PPA is simply an agreement to pay for the clean energy delivered to the meter.

The rising cost of energy has profoundly affected our local nonprofits and schools, who have to adapt to working on tighter and tighter budgets without compromising the quality of their important work.

“We have wanted to go solar from the founding of the Academy,” says Derice Hogel, the business manager, “but we needed to preserve capital for growth of the school. This approach was the winning formula—and it looks as though we will have nice operating savings as well. SolEd’s Solar PPA is fair, and beneficial for our program.”

About Sonoma Academy
Sonoma Academy is the only independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond. The Academy has undertaken a program of environmental excellence, aiming for a zero net-energy standard for its new facilities. For more information, contact Derice Hogel, Director of Finance & Operations, at 707-636-2462

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SolarCraft Helps Sundial Broadcasting Corporation Switch to Solar Power

Sun Shines on Bay Area Broadcasting Station

sundial2Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 24.8 kW solar electric system at Sundial Broadcasting Corporation in Sausalito, CA. The broadcasting station sits on Mount Beacon atop the Marin Headlands and is now powered by clean, renewable energy.

The project is expected to provide Sundial with nearly $403,000 in energy savings over the life of the system and meet 99% of the station’s electricity needs.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted and engineered to solve difficult challenges presented by the coastal, mountain-top location such as high winds, salt mist corrosion and uneven, rocky terrain. The solar photovoltaic system consists of 80 Canadian Solar 310-watt solar panels, spanning 1,654 square feet. Candian Solar’s high-efficiency solar panels are certified for use in coastal and marine environments, ensuring the durability and performance of the project.

The system will be net-metered, so any solar energy not consumed by Sundial Broadcasting solar for broadcasting, sausalito solar power, Sundial Broadcasting CorporationCorporation will be fed into the local electricity grid. The project is expected to generate 34,977 kilowatt hours of electricity within its first year of operation. The station will recoup the cost of installing the system in less than 6 years and enjoy free power from the sun for many decades to come.

The new solar power system will allow Sundial Broadcasting Corporation to generate enough electricity to power 6 average homes and will avoid production of 1.4 million lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 2.2 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 12 acres of trees.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Martine’s Wines

North Bay Wine Importer Turns to Solar, Cuts Power Bill

winery solar panels, wine solar, solar panels novatoNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 20 kW solar electric system at Martine’s Wines in Novato, CA. An importer and wholesaler of exceptional foreign wines, Martine’s Wines is now utilizing clean solar power and saving thousands in utility fees every year.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted and consists of 66 Canadian Solar 305-watt solar panels, spanning nearly 1,365 square feet. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and are expected to generate approximately 29,436 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, reducing their PG&E bills by 94% and providing clean energy to their warehouse facility.

“My warehouse is specially designed for the storage of wines. I need 24 hours a day refrigeration and therefore a lot of electric power,” said Martine’s Wines founder, Martine Saunier. “Where we are located in Novato, it is very sunny all year round. It was a reasonable decision to install solar panels on the roof with a reputable company such as SolarCraft.”

By installing solar, a cost-effective and sustainable energy solution, Martine’s Wines can expect to eventually save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of the system, and recoup the cost of installing the system in 7 years.

The new solar power system will allow Martine’s Wines to generate enough electricity to power 9 average homes and will avoid production of almost 577 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 1.8 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over 9.9 acres of trees.

About Martine’s Wines
Martine Saunier started her business in 1979 because she couldn’t find anything exceptional to drink. In doing so, she became the first woman to import wines into the United States. Ms. Saunier is known to oenophiles everywhere as the woman who discovered Henri Jayer, Château Rayas and Denis Mortet, and is credited for introducing Domaine Leroy to the United States market. In December 2012, the celebrated wine importer and wholesaler came under a new generation of ownership. The new company will continue doing business as Martine’s Wines, and Ms. Saunier will remain on board with the new owners.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for Horicon School District

Sonoma County School Makes the Switch to Solar Power

solar panels, solar for schoolsNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 59 kW solar electric system at Horicon Elementary School in Annapolis, CA, near the northern coast of Sonoma County. The new photovoltaic system will offset 99% of their utility grid demand, essentially eliminating their electric bills and saving the school district thousands in utility fees every year.

The solar photovoltaic panels are ground mounted in a visible location at the front of the school, providing students a first-hand opportunity to see how sunlight is converted to electricity. Horicon is one of many schools going solar and serving as stewards of sustainability and cornerstones of green initiatives that benefit their community.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar system consists of 190 Canadian Solar 310-watt solar panels, spanning over 3,928 square feet and providing 87,235kWh of clean, renewable electricity annually. Solar provides Horicon an effective long-term hedge against future utility rate increases and frees previous energy expenditures to go back towards education.

SolarCraft assisted the school with preparing The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) application for a $75,000 grant. Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.

Horicon’s solar power system will generate enough electricity to power over 14 average homes and will avoid production of almost 25 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 1.4 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over 5 acres of trees.

About Horicon School
Horicon Elementary School is a rural, one school district in the northwest corner of Sonoma County. The district is one of the largest geographically in the state and includes the coastal community of the Sea Ranch and Stewarts Point to the west; Annapolis and east along Skaggs Springs Road. Horicon has a K-8th population of 46 students. The Horicon Elementary School has 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher, with the CA state average being 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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Redwood Credit Union Save Energy & Money with Solar

 North Bay Credit Union Makes the Switch to Solar Power

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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a
662 kW solar electric system at Redwood Credit Union (RCU) in Santa Rosa, CA.   The new photovoltaic system will offset about 61 percent of RCU’s utility grid demand and save the company thousands in utility fees every year.

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

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the $1.2 million system will 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.

“The addition of solar to our administrative building 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,” said Brett Martinez, Redwood Credit Union’s President & CEO.

RCU’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.

About Redwood Credit Union
Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union is a full-service financial institution providing personal and business banking services to anyone living or working in the North Bay or San Francisco. As a financial cooperative focused on people not profit, 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.   www.redwoodcu.org.

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SolarCraft Earns Gold as a North Bay Green Business

North Bay Biz awards the North Bay’s Best

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SolarCraft has been awarded the Green Business Gold Medal in North Bay Biz Magazine’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the North Bay. Over 1,000 companies and individuals were nominated, which underscores the quality of companies doing business in the North Bay. Given the extent of the competition, SolarCraft is very proud to be the recipient of the Gold Medal in the Green Business category. The awards party took place May 14th at Vitners Inn in Santa Rosa.

SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors and retailers in Northern California. Since 1984, the certified Marin County Green Business has earned its reputation as “Solar Energy Experts” by providing excellent solar electric, solar thermal and domestic hot-water consulting, design, sales, installation, and maintenance services for residences, business, agriculture, and government projects. SolarCraft has installed more than 5,000 solar energy systems in California with over 2.5 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and preventing production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.

SolarCraft’s recent notable projects include: Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa; Hess Collection Winery, Napa; Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa; Marin County Emergency Operations Facility, San Rafael; Medtronic, Santa Rosa; Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre; Liberty School, Petaluma and Wine Country Cellars, Windsor.

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

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services

Napa Valley Non-Profit Goes Green

Napa solar, solar panels napa, non-profit solarNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 106.3 kW solar electric panel system at Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services (NVHADS) in Napa, CA. They are now generating their own power from the sun and saving thousands in utility costs each year. More importantly, with that savings they are able to provide more services to the community.

“Making the change to solar power will have a profound, positive impact on our agency for many years to come,” said NVHADS President and CEO Linda Gibson. “We very much appreciate the quality, expertise, and professionalism that SolarCraft brought to this project, which is helping us become energy efficient and more sustainable, as well as able to focus more of our financial resources on patient care.”

The solar photovoltaic system is mounted on the roof of the facility with high-efficiency SunPower solar electric modules. The system converts sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 158,550 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, reducing the facility’s PG&E bills by an estimated 95%. Just as important to the nonprofit is the dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas impacts, with the CO2 equivalent of eliminating over 2.6 million miles of driving over the life of the system.

Getting to this point was no small task, with the solar project team – lead by Director of Development, Joanne Sutro, and Board Chair, Steve Silva – carefully determining the project parameters, selecting a vendor, and negotiating the best financing vehicle always with the goal of providing solar in a way that delivered the most value possible to NVHADS. Additionally, the project had considerable design challenges, due to multiple roof planes, shading, and high electricity bills that required using every bit of feasible roof space available. SolarCraft’s Director of Commercial Projects, Robert Gould, recalls it taking several design iterations to “find the right balance between the best financial return, product quality and reliability, and aesthetics. It was no small task on this project, but we felt honored to be chosen and to help our client go solar and forward their mission at the same time”.

In addition to SunPower modules, SolarCraft engineered the system with SolarEdge inverter-optimizers, which provide all the functionality of micro-inverters at lower cost and with lower risk. The SolarEdge power optimizers ensure each and every module is operating at maximum efficiency, regardless of shading, soiling, and/or the orientation of the other modules.

About Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services, a non-profit organization, provides life-affirming care with remarkable compassion during life’s most challenging transitions. Celebrating their 36th year, the programs have served more than 10,000 families in the Napa Valley over the past decade alone, and provide an important support service within the community. Programs and services include: hospice care, palliative care, grief counseling, adult day health care, Alzheimer’s resource center and caregiver support and respite.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for First Congregational Church of Sonoma

North Bay Church Makes the Switch to Solar

PR-img-FirstCongregationalChurchofSonoma_PSSonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 13.2 kW solar panel system at the First Congregation Church of Sonoma in Sonoma, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 90% of their PG&E usage.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the west facing roof of the Church’s Burlingame Hall and consists of 48 LG 275-watt solar panels. The solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 17,969 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing up to $4,700 in utility savings every year. Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

SolarCraft presented to the Church new financing options which are very favorable for non-profits and deliver sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month, with no upfront costs. The church is part of Interfaith Power and Light, a nationwide group of 1,800 churches working on climate change, and the first church in the Sonoma Valley to convert to renewable power.

The system’s solar electric panels will spare the air nearly 6 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 325,000 miles of driving or planting 6 acres of trees.

About First Congregation Church of Sonoma
Founded in 1869, the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, United Church of Christ is a diverse gathering of folk, many who would describe themselves as progressive Christians. The campus is shared with the Jewish Congregation Shir Shalom, where they live out the phrase on their sign that says “All are welcome.” Their mission is to connect with and serve the community and world. Empowered by the spirit of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ, they seek peace and justice for all. www.sonomaucc.org

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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Spirit Rock

Sun Shines on West Marin Meditation Center

marin solar panels, solar for non -profitsNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft has completed the construction of a 115.6 kW solar electric system at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA . The installation of the solar photovoltaic array will reduce the Center’s carbon footprint and power their facilities with sunlight.

Sustainability and the environment are top priorities for Spirit Rock, as stated by co-founder, Jack Kornfield “’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”.

This ground mounted solar electric system spans consists of (335) Sunpower 345 watt high-efficiency solar modules, providing power to the administrative offices, guest facilities and the meditation hall with renewable energy, reducing Spirit Rock 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 sooner (after year 5) to own it outright. Doing so will reduce financing costs and enable them to save even more money.

“Here comes the sun,” said Spirit Rock Teacher and cofounder James Baraz when he received news of the powering up of the solar array. “We are an organization that seeks to ‘walk our talk’ and reduce our carbon impact so we will ‘do no harm’ for the planet, all living beings and future generations.”

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 190,700 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually. The new solar energy 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.
About Spirit Rock

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.

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SolarCraft and Enphase Energy Help Liberty School Cut Energy Costs with Solar Power

Sun Shines Bright on Sonoma County School

school solar, solar panels, liberty schoolNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft has completed the construction of a 44.7 kW solar electric system at Liberty School in the rolling hills of West Petaluma, CA. The installation of the solar photovoltaic array will reduce the school’s carbon footprint and save thousands of dollars in energy costs for years to come.

The system spans over 2,600 square feet on multiple building rooftops, which were specifically designed by local architect Dan Hardin to accommodate solar panels.

Enphase Energy, a Petaluma-based worldwide leader in microinverter technology, donated microinverters to the project. Enphase microinverters will optimize system performance by working individually with the system’s 149 LG solar panels to ensure maximum energy production. Additionally, the project managed to secure one of the last California Solar Initiative rebates available before the program expired. The school will receive approximately $24,000 in rebates for energy produced by the project.

The solar electric system will provide about 70 percent of the school’s annual electrical needs, powering the classrooms and administrative offices.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 66,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually. The new solar energy system allows Liberty School to generate enough electricity each day to power over 20 average homes. The amount of carbon offset by the PV array is equivalent to removing 29 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly than 1.7 million miles of driving or the amount roughly 9 acres of trees could remove.

About Liberty School
Liberty School, serving 214 pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students, is nestled in the rural, dairy ranching area of Petaluma, 50 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County.  Founded in 1857, Liberty School is the oldest school in continuous operation at the same site, with the same name, in Sonoma County.  More than just a school, Liberty is the hub of the community, where families meet neighbors and build relationships. Many families have been attending Liberty School for generations

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SolarCraft Hires New Controller

Solar Industry Leader Hires Controller to Help Manage Thriving Business

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system design and installation, announced today that Cindy Gurtner has joined their company as Controller. Gurtner’s extensive construction based financial management experience will help lead SolarCraft as they continue to develop and implement new projects in the residential and commercial solar energy market.

With 15 years of experience in the construction industry, as an Accounting Manager and Controller, organizational development, job costing and profitability tracking and a myriad of process development and management skills, Cindy Gurtner is well prepared to take on the challenge.

Cindy Gurtner comes to SolarCraft after three years at George Family Enterprises, Northern California, Inc. an acoustical and specialty ceilings contractor in the North Bay and Sonoma County. During her time there, the average profitability of projects increased and rarely went over budget. Prior to joining GFENC, Cindy was at BEK, CMG, Inc, performing extensive audits for a $500 million dollar new construction project. Cindy also spent seven years at Page Construction, Inc, a general contractor performing Public Works projects.

Gurtner also spent 5 years with BayGroup International, Inc., which involved multiple entities in multiple countries using multiple currencies. She left there as an Accounting Manager to join Page Construction as an Assistant Controller, holding the title of Controller when she left for BEK CMG, Inc.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for Congregation Shomrei Torah

North Bay Synagogue Switches to Solar

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Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 34 kW solar panel system at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay Synagogue’s system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving thousands in utility costs in the years to come.

While the Congregation has been wanting to do solar for a few years for all the right reasons, but it was not until a new financing option very favorable for non-profits was introduced by SolarCraft that they saw a sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month. As Robert Gould, Director of Commercial Projects, states, “we are honored to be helping houses of worship, like Shomrei Torah, to 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. We are seeing a number of houses of worship and spiritual communities going solar.”

The solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on a hillside below the building and consists of 104 SunPower high-efficiency solar panels spanning nearly 2,180 square feet. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 56,100 kilowatt hours of energy annually, reducing their PG&E bills by 90% 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 power 17 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.4 million miles of driving.

About Congregation Shomrei Torah
Shomrei Torah was founded in 1974 by a group of eleven Sonoma County families. The name they chose for their new congregation translates as “Keepers of Torah” in honor of our Holocaust Torah, which was rescued from Strakonitz, Czechoslovakia, and is on permanent loan from a foundation in Westminster, England. Today, the 450 member households of Shomrei Torah comprise the largest Jewish congregation in Sonoma County, and the fastest-growing congregation in the North Bay.

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Marin County’s Emergency Services Building Now Powered by the Sun

SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to County’s New Emergency Operations Facility

Marin County Emergency Facility Goes SolarNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 518.5 kW solar power system at Marin County’s New Emergency Operations Facility in San Rafael, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the County’s new solar panel system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving millions in utility costs in the years to come.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning nearly 36,000 square feet. The system is built with 1,700 ReneSola 305-watt solar panels, powering the new facility with clean, renewable energy, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.

The building, known by many as part of the Marin Commons, had its public debut on May 10. It will allow emergency response services to remain operational in the event of a major earthquake. “I am looking forward to celebrating the opening of our state of the art seismic-certified public safety building,” Supervisor Susan Adams said, saying she was “particularly happy” with the building’s solar system.

In keeping with the County of Marin Board of Supervisor’s goal of sustainability, the Marin Emergency Operations Facility Project is on track for Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The 518.5 kW solar array fulfills the Countywide General Plan goal of 1 Megawatt of PV panels on county facilities ahead of the 2015 self-imposed deadline.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 764,400 kilowatt hours of energy annually, allowing the County to generate enough electricity each day to power 119 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 220 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 12.6 million miles of driving.

About Marin Emergency Operations Facility
The county purchased the building at 1600 Los Gamos Road, San Rafael, for $28 million in 2011 and spent about $50 million for seismic, equipment and technological upgrades as well as interior renovations. After Sheriff-Coroner personnel get settled at the Emergency Operations Facility, the County plans to bring in employees from other departments over the next several years. Extra spaces will be rented to generate funds.

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Hess Collection Winery in Napa Gets Solar Panels Installed by SolarCraft

Energy Independent Napa Valley Winery Enjoys Flat Energy Costs

solar panels, Hess Winery, solar NapaNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 649 kW solar power system at Hess Collection Winery providing nearly 100% of the electrical needs for its Napa, CA production facility. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the new system will reduce Hess’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning 44,555 square feet. The system consists of 2,200 Hanwha Solar 295-watt solar panels, powering their offices and production facilities with clean, renewable energy.

Utilizing solar power is part of Hess Collection Winery’s commitment to environmentally conscious and sustainable business practices. By going solar, they will reduce their carbon footprint while saving millions in utility costs in the years to come.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 945,450 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing 100% of the winery’s annual energy consumption. The new solar energy system enables Hess to generate enough electricity each day to power 148 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 272 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 16 million miles of driving.

About The Hess Collection Winery
Donald Hess established his first Napa Valley vineyard on Mount Veeder in 1978, and from the beginning, under his stewardship The Hess Collection has been a leader in sustainability. Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and for both winery and vineyards by Napa Green, The Hess Collection is well known for combining twin passions under one roof at its historic home on Mount Veeder, where both The Hess Collection Winery and the world renowned Hess Collection Art Museum welcome visitors.

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Solar Panels Now Power Napa Valley Country Club

Premier Napa Valley Golf Course Now Powered by Solar

Solar power napa, solar napa, napa valley solar, Napa GolfNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 251 kW solar power system at Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, CA. The picturesque, private golf course is now powered by renewable, green energy.

The solar electric system is ground mounted on a hillside above the golf course. It consists of 870 high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 17,610 square feet. The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 363,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar power system allows Napa Valley Country Club to generate enough electricity each day to power over 57 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 105 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 6 million miles of driving.

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About Napa Valley Country Club
Napa Valley Country Club is the only entirely private country club in Napa County. Nestled in the hills of the Napa Valley this 6,148-yard, par 72-layout rolls through the countryside in grand fashion. The original front nine fairways were cut out of tall grass with wild oats as rough in 1917 by a group of Napa Valley businessmen. The back nine was completed in 1990, designed by Ronald Fream. Gorgeous scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and beautiful natural surroundings make a round at Napa Valley Country Club seem more like a stroll through a nature wonderland.

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Solar Panels Installed at Labcon of Petaluma

World Leader in Eco-Friendly Plastics Increases Solar Production

Solar panels Labcon PetalumaNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 73.2 kW solar electric expansion at Labcon in Petaluma, CA, the industry leader in sustainable plastic labware. The 73.2 kW addition combined with the existing 800 kW system brings Labcon’s annual solar production to 1.3 million Kilowatt hours.

The solar electric system addition is roof-mounted, spanning 3,935 square feet. The system addition consists of 224 SunPower 327-watt high efficiency solar panels, powering their offices and production facilities.

Labcon recently decided to expand the facility’s solar productivity to further reduce their carbon footprint and increase their utility savings. An industry pioneer in sustainability, Earth Friendly® is a registered Labcon trademark, a commitment to the eco-friendly culture in their products. Today, you can also see Labcon products carry the “Made with Solar Power™” trademark.

With the new solar energy system expansion, Labcon generates enough electricity each day to power 200 average homes. It will spare the air over 350 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating 21 million miles of driving.

About Labcon
Labcon North America is the world’s leading producer of low carbon laboratory disposables and was the first to market compostable plastics for laboratories. Labcon’s focus on sustainable solutions for laboratories dates to 1994 with the first low carbon products. Labcon goes significantly beyond any other refill system environmentally, with a Low Carbon footprint that redefines what it means to be sustainable. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 company; Labcon North America is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area.

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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 Hires New Director of Sales & Marketing

Solar Industry Leader’s New Sales and Marketing Director to Lead Expansion

Chet Stromberg, SolarCraft Director of Sales & MarketingNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, a leader in photovoltaic and thermal system design and installation, is pleased to announce that Chet Stromberg has accepted the position of Director of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Stromberg’s experience in managing the sales and marketing efforts of several successful businesses will help lead SolarCraft as they continue to expand in the dynamic solar energy market.

Mr. Stromberg brings 25 years of direct renewable energy project development including project management, engineering services, and sales and marketing experience. Chet has personally sold, engineered and managed over 500 residential and commercial solar projects.

After graduating with Renewable Energy Engineering from Humboldt State University, Chet volunteered his service to the US Peace Corps and served in the Cook Islands, Polynesia. Upon completion of his two-year service with the Peace Corps, the Prime Minister offered Chet a position as Director of Special Projects. While procuring financing and installing photovoltaic systems to the 15 atolls and Islands Chet received his second degree in Business Administration from the University of South Pacific. Chet stayed another six years refining his mastery of the Maori language and a terrifying Haka dance.

Returning to California, Chet jumped on the internet wave in the late 1990’s receiving his third degree in Digital Media Production & Computer Science. He then successfully built and managed 40 websites.

Returning to his Renewable Energy passion Chet became the Regional Sales Manager of Silicon Valley for Real Goods then moved back to Marin and served as Director of Business Development with SunFirst! Solar.

SolarCraft is excited to have Mr. Stromberg lead their Sales & Marketing team, upholding the core values of Quality, Integrity and Respect.

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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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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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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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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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