Commercial Solar Projects That Are Sure to Impress
Your business is an important institution—not just to you but to your community as well. We at Solar Gain know that, so we want to help support you in the best way possible: with commercial solar power. By using solar panels, your business will see growth and save more money than you would have thought possible. We work with businesses across multiple industries to ensure that they see the success they deserve, and we have multiple cases to prove that solar truly works.
San Diego Reference Laboratory (SDRL) is a family-owned analytical biomedical testing laboratory located in San Diego, CA. Like many of Solar Gain’s customers, during initial conversations, SDRL expressed dismay with their ever-increasing electrical bills. This system will offset 93% of our customer’s annual energy consumption and is predicted to save them over $60K annually on their facility’s electric bill through SDG&E!
Built during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, we had to navigate through a delayed and challenging permitting process with the city of San Diego. Our crew also had to build the project while following the CCD coronavirus guidelines
Nora’s Ranch is storage and distribution center in Rio Rico, Arizona. Solar Gain designed and built this 1,033,175 kW canopy and rooftop solar arrays. The project was completed in October 2016. Solar Gain overcame many engineering and technical design requirements, financing hurdles and worked through extensive utility negotiations to complete this project. The array was installed at the beginning of construction and finished well before the opening of the facility.
Wilson Produce is a produce warehouse and distribution center in Nogales, Arizona. Solar Gain designed and built this 950 kW rooftop solar array. The project was completed in October 2014. Solar Gain overcame many engineering and technical design requirements, financing hurdles and worked through extensive utility negotiations to complete this project. This will be the largest customer owned system installed in Nogales, Arizona and will produce approximately 90 percent of the building’s electrical consumption.
Solar Gain West was contracted to design and install solar photovoltaic systems on 10 different buildings with a total of 9 interconnections totaling 635.76 kW. Through our experience and diligence Solar Gain West took previously presented designs and value engineered additional system capacity and optimization. High-efficiency LG modules were specified to maximize yield, and SolarEdge inverters were implemented to account for design challenges that various rooftop orientations presented. Further, ISA Corp trellis systems were engineered for the available roof-wells that provided adequate clearance to install over HVAC equipment. Solar Gain West was able to meet its deadline in order to accommodate the years end tax deadlines for phase 1 of this multi-phase project.
Solar Gain West was contracted to design and install a 478.3kW carport-mounted solar PV array on two neighboring Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-regulated seniors apartment complexes in Fontana, CA: Piazza Apartments and Dino Papavero Senior Centre. Both projects included the demolition of existing carports, replacing them with upgraded steel canopies. These solar installations will also offer additional tenant amenity in the form of covered parking spaces.
Sunrise Country Club is one of Rancho Mirages Historic Golf and Tennis Clubs. Solar Gain West developed the design, financing and was contracted to construct a 450 kW Canopy system in their Clubhouse Parking Lot, Tennis Courts, and Maintenance Yard. The installation began in January of 2018 and will be completed early June. This project had many unique challenges to overcome including multiple rounds of financing that incorporated a tax equity discount because of their non-profit status and a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan. Solar Gain managed to work around the high season phasing the project to facilitate the operation of the club while completing this complex project. Sunrise Country Club has been a true pleasure to work with and the project has led to a series of other clubs’ interest in what solar and Solar Gain can do for them!
Capistrano Apartments recently changed hands and one of the first priorities for the new owners was to add solar to the property with Solar Gain. Since the property operates on a master meter, the rooftop and parking canopy structures work together to offset 94% of all the energy used at the facility. Solar Gain worked quickly and efficiently on the 15-week installation in order to reduce impact on the residents. Once the system was on and the owners saw the savings being delivered, they contracted additional projects with Solar Gain. The complex accommodates 112 families and the residents love the attractive covered parking and knowing their energy is coming from the sun.
AgriPacking Supply is an importer and distributor of Mexican fresh produce located in Nogales, Arizona. Solar Gain was contracted to complete the installation of their 366 kW Solar Parking Canopy and single axis tracking array to power 70 percent of their offices for the facility.
AgriPacking is also a supplier of produce packaging materials it imports from China. Using the USDA REAP Grant in 2015 Solar Gain was able to help secure a very profitable investment for the customer.
“AGRI-PACKING has installed solar and completed multiple energy efficiency projects with Solar Gain. The systems have been up and running for a couple of years, and they have helped save us money on our electric bill and grow our business through the promotional value of going green. It has been a strategic advantage for customers and suppliers to know that we are investing to make our business as efficient as possible as well as environmentally responsible.”
— Omar Cabrera, President/Owner, Agri-Packing Supply, Inc.
Del Campo Supreme is an importer and distributor of Mexican fresh produce located in Nogales, AZ. Solar Gain was contracted to development, design, and installation of their 366kW Solar Parking Canopy and fixed rooftop array to power 70% of the of the facilities total power consumption. Utilizing the USDA REAP Grant in 2015 Solar Gain was able to help secure a very profitable investment for the customer.
The Waterford at Rossmoor is located is one of the Bay Area’s most renowned retirement communities. Solar Gain West developed the design, financing and was contracted to construct a 360 kW Canopy system in their Employee Parking Lot. The installation began in January of 2018 and will be completed in early June. This project had many unique challenges to overcome including fire and seismic constraints as well as a 60′ clear span. The Waterford has been a true pleasure to work with and the project has led to a series of other members of the community showing interest in what solar can do for them.
Malena Produce is an importer and distributor of Mexican fresh produce located in Nogales, Arizona. Solar Gain was contracted to complete the installation of a 305kW. Solar Parking Canopy and fixed roof array to power 70 percent of the of the facilities total power consumption. Using the USDA REAP Grant in 2015 Solar Gain was able to help secure a very profitable investment for the customer.
TRICAR Sales is an importer and distributor of Mexican fresh produce located in Nogales, Arizona. Solar Gain was contracted to complete the installation of their 350 kW Solar Parking Canopy and fixed roof array to power 60 percent of the facilities total power consumption. Using the USDA REAP Grant in 2015, Solar Gain was able to help secure and very profitable investment for the customer.
Tucson Country Day School is a charter school in Tucson, AZ and was an exciting project for Solar Gain. Our staff was complemented by the TCDS principal on what a great job they did working around the morning and afternoon shuffle as parents and students would come and go. The 400-foot parking canopy is one of the most aesthetically pleasing projects that Solar Gain has completed in Southern Arizona.
US Blanks is the only surfboard blank manufacturer based in the United States. Solar Gain West was contracted to install a 224.4 kW system on their main warehouse in the City of Gardena, California. The installation began September of 2016 and was completed early November of 2016. This project had many unique challenges to overcome. The roof is not entirely flat and adjustments to our racking had to be made in order to maintain a 10° angle. The wood sub-structure of the roof demanded that each stand-off had to be attached with lag screws. The narrow driveways around the building made it difficult to stage modules and limited our access points. US Blanks was a pleasure to work with and their system is now operational thanks to the preparedness, experience, and determination of our team.
Cochise Oncology is a cancer treatment center in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This project was designed and built by Solar Gain in December of 2012. The system produces 25 percent of the energy used by the center and its radiation equipment and provides 18 covered parking spaces as a result. Phase 2 of the Project was completed in June 2014 and provides another 100 kW of parking structures and will cover a total of 75 percent of the facility’s energy consumption.
The Lakes Apartments has installed a 391kW solar system with the addition of extensive rooftop and solar shade canopies across the property. The system is expected to offset nearly 70% of the complex’s electricity usage, including the resident usage, swimming pool system, and community lighting. This project was completed at the end of 2020.
Fountain of Life Church investigated going solar for over five years before selecting Solar Gain to undertake their project. The goals for the project were to provide shaded parking to their parishioners, power the church and campus buildings with solar, and save money on their electric bill. With a Solar Service Agreement sourced by Solar Gain, they were able to achieve all their objectives and the financing meant there was no money out of pocket from the church.
The WorldMark Indio is located in the greater Palm Springs area in Southern California. Solar Gain was contracted to design and install a solar carport system using (8) Solectria Yaskawa inverters, and (418) Q CELL Q.PLUS Modules. In addition to providing shade to hotel guest vehicles, this solar carport delivers 112 kW-AC to the resort. The construction timeline was less than three months. The construction team began in mid January and completed the final inspections in early March. The main challenges were inclement weather in a historically wet winter and a very busy resort schedule. Work hours were limited to make sure that guest’s stays were not impacted. We are looking forward to the next phase of construction at this same site to start Q1 2018 or sooner!
Solar Gain Inc. was contracted to design and build two solar canopies at two locations for Urology Associates of Southern Arizona. The Orange Grove and Tanque Verde facilities received 71.4kW and 122.4kW steel canopies respectively. Both site’s buildings were retrofitted with LED lights, as well as both parking lots, to help cut down their usage and to provide visitors with plenty of illumination. Solar Gain was able to meet the customers year-end tax credit goals by working efficiently in a very short timeline. Both locations are fully operational thanks to the experience and preparedness of our team!
“We are very pleased to have worked with Solar Gain on our solar installation project. Patients, doctors, and staff appreciate the solar covered parking, and along with the LED lighting, we have nearly eliminated our electricity bill. Even though there were a few bumps along the way, I could not ask for more in terms of how Solar Gain responded. They acted with the utmost integrity and served us well. I am a fan and would not hesitate to recommend Solar Gain.”
— Brian Bosse, Controller, Urological Associates of Southern Arizona, P.C.
This complicated rooftop and canopy project was completed in 2020 involving utility transformer upgrades and LED lighting retrofits. Town West Realty is one of the leading commercial real estate developers in Tucson, AZ and has been a loyal customer to Solar Gain for the past 9 years. We have now built 4 projects for their sites across Tucson as they see the value of covered parking for their tenants and the appraised value solar has added to their properties. We will have several future projects in the works for them now that they understand the value of solar.
The Town West Realty office and their tenant, Commerce Bank, are located on Campbell Ave. in Tucson, Arizona. This project was designed and is currently under construction by Solar Gain, and will be completed by the end of March. The system includes both covered parking and roof mounts and will produce 83 percent of the energy used by the building.
Our work speaks for itself. If you are interested in discussing what a commercial solar project would look like for your facility, contact us today.
Charles E. Gillman is a defense contractor and maquiladora that operates on both sides of the Nogales Border. They are a manufacturer of rugged wiring harnesses for hummers and tanks. This project in Rio Rico, Arizona was designed and built by Solar Gain in October of 2012. The system produces 85 percent of the facilities total power consumption and as a result provides 36 covered parking spaces.
Guglielmo & Associates is a Law Firm located throughout the Southwestern U.S. This branch located in Tucson, Arizona on N. Campbell Ave needed a solar shade structure for their employees to park during work hours and offset the large Air Conditioning units needed to keep the offices cool. This project had many difficulties surrounding its location to a main street and construction during business hours. Our team was able to successfully deliver a high performance P.V. System on a steel structure that matches the patina of the existing offices.
All thanks to the coordination and professionalism of our team members.
JPL Bible Church is friendly and casual with programs for the entire family located in Rancho Mirage, Southern California. Solar Gain was contracted to instal a 61 kW system with (4) Fronius Symo inverters, (200) Renesola Modules, and the Everest D-Dome Racking System. The location and timing of this project challenged us with daytime temperatures reaching over 118 degrees! In order to protect their installers from the harsh work environment they were forced to adjust work hours to get the job done on time. Upon issuance of the building permits Solar Gain was left with less than 2 weeks from the Southern California Edison net metering 1.0 deadline. Not only was the construction completed on time, the inspection process cleared and Solar Gain got permission to operate the system before the deadline. What that mens for JPL Bible church is that they qualify for higher payback rates from the utility company, which results in tens of thousand of saving over the lifetime of the system! The Solar Gain team showed how much they care about their customers investments by pushing through long work hours and grueling summer heat.
In 2014 Solar Gain worked together with the Tree of Life Wellness Rejuvenation Center to develop, design, and build two ground mount solar arrays that would power 100 percent of their Mesa, Arizona facilities. These facilities included their sprout house, where they grow a large portion of their raw foods, their restaurant, and their casitas. In order to maintain the pristine views, Solar Gain had to get creative in site location, long electrical runs, and electrical configuration. The Tree of Life will buy the power at a heavily discounted rate and the project is owned and will be operated by Solar Gain for 15 years. Included was the USDA REAP grant as well as a SSVEC utility incentive.
This project in Benson, AZ was designed and built by Solar Gain in November of 2010. The system is 42 kW. Solar Gain worked with Apache Nitrogen to design the architectural details and layout of the structures, landscaping site plan, and the 7,500 gallon rain water harvesting system.
Cochise Dermatology located in Cochise County, Arizona was looking to offset their energy consumption. Solar Gain installed two shade structures and completely retro fitted their office building with Phillips LED high efficiency fixtures. The new energy efficient lighting allowed us to reduce the amount of panels necessary to offset their electric bill. All of which fit on two parking canopies that provide shade for their employees.
No matter the size of your business or your line of work, our process ensures that your unique goals and needs are met. We deliver creative solutions and high-quality work for your solar project so that you can start experiencing savings and complete energy independence. To discuss what a solar project would look like for your facility, contact our team of professionals today.
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