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Cloud Inc. Goes Solar

1 year 7 months ago

Premier Renewables recently completed a rooftop solar project for Cloud Inc. in San Luis Obispo. Cloud Inc. offers a wide range of products to provide the highest quality Rotary Impingement tank cleaning machines, equipment, and service available. Premier Renewables recently designed a 100 kW solar energy system for Cloud Inc. using Canadian Solar modules and Solectria Inverters. This project is designed to offset 90% of their utility bill and produce over 175,000 kWh annually.

Solar installed at Law Winery, Paso Robles California

1 year 11 months ago

Law Estate Winery is the latest winery in Paso Robles California to add solar energy to their operation. Check out the article PV Solar Report released on the 100 kW system here: PVSolarReport

Paso Robles Winery, Law Estate Install Solar

1 year 12 months ago

In Paso Robles, California desirable wine is not the only thing trending, sustainability has also become a popular addition to the local area. By now, almost everyone in California is aware of the drought and with a growing concern for the lack of water, the wine industry has made an effort to increase sustainability practices. One of most recent additions to Paso Robles is Law Estate Winery. The Winery sits on a 55 acre site in Paso Robles, CA with a 360-degree panoramic view of coastal and country landscape. It is a 23,800-square-foot SIP Certified winery, reflecting a minimal approach and an appreciation for the land. Designed with sustainability in mind by San Francisco-based firm, BAR Architects, the winery incorporates elements such as landscaped drought responsible plants and pitched roofs to harvest rainwater. Most recently, a solar energy system was incorporated into the facility.

With increased sustainability and financial goals at the forefront, solar has become a helpful addition to the Paso wine industry. The area is known for its Mediterranean climate providing both excellent grape growing conditions and solar energy production capabilities. Law Estate Winery’s 100 kW solar installation is one of the most recent solar energy systems to the area. Designed by Premier Renewables LLC and completed Fall of this year, the solar project resides on a steep slope that was not ideal for growing. The winery owners were able to take advantage of what their property had to offer coupled with the currently low solar costs, to provide themselves with a great financial opportunity.

The owners Don and Susie Law decided to look into solar energy for financial and sustainability reasons in order to further support their winery. After researching multiple companies Law Winery chose Premier Renewables LLC to design their solar energy system. Because they are a local company and knowledgeable in the solar and agricultural industries, they were a great fit. Unlike many of the recently developed solar companies that have opened as the solar industry progresses, Premier Renewables has a positive and long standing history which made Don and Susie Law feel confident in the company and their work. After exploring several design options with the help of Premier Renewables, and J. Buchanan, Law Estate decided to go with a purchase outright scenario rather than a finance or lease structure. This allowed them to take advantage of the 30% federal tax incentives and MACRS depreciation to help reduce the project cost by about 65%. The PV system they installed is projected to reduce their PG&E bill by about half and will pay for itself in under 7 years. Premier Renewables handled all aspects of the interconnection with the utility to ensure the process went as smooth and easily as possible. The solar project was completed without any facility interruptions, which was crucial as the construction took place during harvest. Law Estate is extremely happy with the project and is excited to start saving not just environmentally, but financially as well. Annually, the solar energy system is anticipated to produce 350,000 kWh’s. Now Don and Susie Law can feel even more confident with their long term view of the facility (not that their complex ultra-premium wine won’t continue to speak for itself throughout the coming years) knowing their solar installation will be of benefit environmentally and financially at both the present and future.

More about Law Estate:

Law Estate Winery specializes in Rhone and Priorat style wines. They are committed to not only making exceptional wines, but applying sustainable and organic farming practices as well. The Winery implements environmentally friendly practices through the use of natural light, gravity for the movement of wine instead of popular pumping methods, temperature controlled buildings, and a bio-reactor to recycle production waste. Their wines have won several accolades. If you ever find yourself in Paso Robles, definitely stop by Law Estate winery!

More about Premier Renewables:

Premier Renewables is a local company that specializes in agricultural, commercial, and industrial solar energy systems. They focus on offering turnkey solutions specifically tailored for each client and application. Premier Renewable is committed to providing personalized, high quality, and cost effective energy systems to their clients. For more information visit www.premierrenewables.com, call (805) 781- 0881, or email us at jaclyn@premierrenewables.com

7 Reasons Why People Are Installing Solar

2 years 2 months ago

1. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LOW PRICING IN SOLAR PANELS

Even if you have recently received a price for a solar energy system, you need to look again. The cost of solar modules has dropped in half or more over the last couple of years, making installing a solar energy system very compelling right now. Solar pricing has bottomed and is forcasted to increase due to diminished supply and increased popularity within the next couple of years.

2. TO AVOID CONTINUAL RATE HIKES IN UTILITES

On average electric rates have increased 5.5% every year since 1971. Over the next three years PG&E has been approved for an increase of 22%. Lock in your electricity rates now by going solar.

3. THE NET METERING AGGREGATION PROGRAM

Premier Renewables was one of the first companies to pioneer and perfect this program for agricultural operations. This program decreases cost by installing one system that can offset multiple meters.

4. ADDS VALUE TO YOUR BUSINESS

Adding solar can significantly increase your businesses value, and unlike adding additional buildings, solar does not increase your property taxes

5. ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION

Your business can depreciate up to 85% of the solar purchase cost over six years. Most of the savings will occur within the first three years.

6. SOLAR PAYS FOR ITSELF

If you install solar, your system has the potential to pay for itself in 7 to 10 years. We’ve had many agricultural and commercial operations whose savings have been astounding and often times less than a 5 year break even.

7. INCREASED CASH FLOW

With solar, you can be cash-flow positive immediately, or pay less than you’ve previously been paying for your utility bills.

If your entity is entertaining having a solar energy system installed or would simply like more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call 805-781-0881.

Installing Solar in Orange Cove

2 years 8 months ago

 

UCSB Installs Solar

2 years 11 months ago

UCSB Installs Solar

November 2014 – The University of California Santa Barbara is excited to announce the completion of a  423 kW solar energy system on campus.  The project, located on the upper level of the Parking 22 garage near the Thunderdome indoor sports arena, consists of 1,800 high efficiency solar panels mounted on a raised steel support structure.  The design allows for continued vehicle access to the upper level, while also tilting the panels to the south for increased solar production throughout the year.

 In 2010, the motivation behind the project stemmed from two UCSB students – Clayton Carlson and Michael Hewitt – envisioning a solar energy system that would be an important part of the University’s sustainability initiative. “Mike and I pushed the renewable energy initiative as not only a way to get the campus to a more sustainable state, but to a more financially sustainable state as well,” said Carlson. Their idea has since sparked the University’s interest in increasing that commitment; this project alone will reduce campus electricity bills by around $4 million through the use of solar power.

The electricity generated from this PV system will power student resource buildings, the Student Health building and the Children’s Center.  UCSB already has a 155 kW solar energy system on the Recreation Center building, as well as two smaller solar solutions.  Both of the larger PV projects were designed and engineered by Premier Renewables, LLC of San Luis Obispo, CA.

The University plans to continue to increase its sustainability efforts by implementing various energy efficiency practices in the future.  Bill McTague, executive director of resource planning and information technology in the Department of Student Affairs, said that “As part of our agreement with the students we are also looking at moving aggressively toward energy efficiency.  For example, within the next six months we will be retrofitting all of the Student Resources Building with new LED lighting and integrated controls.”

UCSB started construction on the Parking Structure energy system this summer and it was completed in November, with solar electricity expected to begin being provided to the campus’ electrical grid by the end of the year.  UCSB is excited about the contribution this project will make toward satisfying its energy initiative objectives, and looking forward to the resulting lower electricity costs.

Premier Renewables LLC provides turnkey solar energy solutions specifically tailored for each client and application. This is the second solar project they have designed for the University of Santa Barbara. Premier Renewables commitment to quality, integrity, and dependability has allowed them to provide cost effective solar energy systems to commercial and agricultural businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities. Their specialties within the agricultural solar power industry include cold storages, packing sheds, irrigation pumps and many more agricultural applications.  If your entity is considering having a solar energy system installed or would simply like more information please don't hesitate to contact Premier Renewables LLC.

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