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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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SolarCraft Appoints New President/CEO

North Bay Solar Energy Leader Sees Very Bright Future

SolarCraft President/CEO Avner DaabulNovato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar electric and solar pool heating system installation, announced today the appointment of Avner Daabul as the new President/CEO.  Mr. Daabul brings more than 20 years of leadership and experience in the electrical and renewable energy field to his new role having previously served as Director of Operations at SolarCraft.

Beginning July 1, Daabul will replace Bill Stewart who is stepping down from handling day to day activities as SolarCraft has transitioned to a wholly employee owned and operated company.  Stewart will retain the title of Chairman and will still be working on behalf of SolarCraft as well as continuing efforts to promote the solar industry.

”Avner has proven to us all that he has the skills and dedication to take this leadership position”, says Bill Stewart, President.  “I sincerely feel that the new management team of long time employees who know the business is in the best interest of the company.  The ESOP allows Dennis Nuttman and I to step aside as the company continues to operate and thrive, driven by the spirit of employee ownership.”

SolarCraft has also announced several key additions to the new management team with promotions of Pat Knoff to Controller and Brian Costa to Director of Operations.

As Daabul takes the reigns during this exciting time in the Company’s evolution, SolarCraft is well position to continue its growth and gain market share in the ever expanding solar energy market.  “I am honored and appreciate the opportunity to help lead the continued growth of SolarCraft,” said Daabul.  “I look forward to working closely with our outstanding team in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and a successful future for SolarCraft.”

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