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Commercial Solar Case Study, Congregation Shomrei Torah

House of Worship Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Designed and built by SolarCraft, Congregation Shomrei TorahThe Congregation wanted to go solar for a few years for all the right reasons, and a new financing option introduced by SolarCraft that is very favorable to non-profits gave them a financial incentive as well. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month.

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.

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.

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.

 

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System Specifications
System Size 34 kW DC
30 kW AC
Location Santa Rosa, CA
Solar Panel (104) SunPower 327 W
Inverter (1) Power One 27.6 kW
Mounting System Custom Ground Mount with concrete piers
Estimated Annual kWh 56,100
Cumulative Cash Positive 5–6 Years

Customer Profile

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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