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09 May 2014

Stellar Energy generates global recognition for its solar clients from White House!

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Stellar Energy to contribute 50 MW of solar to the White House Clean Energy Initiative

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Stellar Energy Joins White House Clean Energy Initiative by Bringing 50 MW of solar to Over 40 Farms and Food Processors in Next Three Years

Bonipak and Taylor Farms to Collaborate With Stellar and Soligent on First Two Projects

Stellar Energy, one of the nation's foremost large-scale solar developers and integrators, has committed to installing 50 megawatts for farmers and agricultural companies over the next three years as part of an executive action by President Obama announced today to advance the clean energy economy.

Soligent, the country's oldest and largest solar distributor and provider of value-added services for dealers, will provide equipment and support in the initiative.

"Farmers, food processors and others in the agricultural value chain understand that going solar isn't a fad. It is becoming one of the hallmarks of fiscal and environmental responsibility," said Ted Walsh, President of Stellar Energy.

Under the executive action, President Obama announced that more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and reduce carbon pollution through solar and efficiency. The commitments cumulatively represent more than 850 MW of solar -- enough to power 850,000 homes -- and lower bills for over 1 billion square feet of buildings.

04 September 2013

Stellar Energy Emerges as Leader in Solar Development for Quarries and Mining Facilities

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Stellar Energy Completes Projects for National Mining and Quarry Companies

Stellar Energy, a leading national provider of commercial solar systems, has recently completed several complex solar power projects for quarry and mining facilities and emerged as an industry expert and leader within this sector. The company is currently installing its fourth large-commercial scale solar system into an active mining operation.

Industrial businesses such as rock quarries and mining operations demand large amounts of energy to power their operations. Utilizing solar power as a renewable energy solution reduces their utility costs and helps reduce their carbon footprint. Stellar Energy has been successful in engineering and installing large, ground-mounted solar installations within the active mining areas of several clients throughout the Western US.

In particular, the company helped one client position an array on the sunny side of a steep mountainside, which was otherwise unusable space. The installation required very advanced engineering, very diligent safety protocols and project management and careful product selection.

04 September 2013

Stellar Energy Delivers Solar Technology Presentation to the Agriculture Industry

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Solar Leaders Present to Western Growers Association Board Members

Stellar Energy, a leading national provider of commercial solar systems, was invited to present a “State of Solar Address” to the Western Growers Association (WGA) Food Safety, Science and Technology Committee members on July 24 in Newport Beach, California. The committee has general oversight on food safety, environmental and technology issues for the WGA, which is one of the most powerful trade associations in the nation, focused on protecting the unique interests of the specialty crop industry throughout the Western United States.

Stellar Energy Vice President of Project Development, Ted Walsh, and Project Development Manager, Elliot Jaramillo presented to a packed conference room of owners, top-executives and policy makers of many of the most significant Agricultural firms in the US.

01 August 2013

Valley Fine Foods Operations 100 Percent Powered by Renewable Energy

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Stellar Energy Delivers Second Solar System for Natural Foods Leader

Sacramento, Calif. – Stellar Energy, a leading national provider of commercial solar systems, and Valley Fine Foods, the producer of hand-crafted gourmet pastas, have completed the installation of a state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic system to convert the natural foods provider’s Yuba City, Calif. facility to 100 percent renewable energy. The 656 kilowatt solar project is the second system Stellar Energy has delivered for Valley Fine Foods, and will produce approximately 1.7 million kilowatts-hours per year – the equivalent of powering 148 average U.S. homes. 

The solar systems were deployed both on the roof and as a fixed-tilt ground mount covering approximately 2 acres and was designed to maximize financial and environmental benefits.  Utilizing the latest in solar technology and building processes, Stellar Energy was successful in delivering the system on schedule and on-budget with minimal impact to Valley Fine Foods’ day-to-day operations.   

01 August 2013

Stellar Energy Announces Rollout of National Operations & Maintenance Services

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Dedicated team of field-service engineers and technicians actively oversees the quality and performance of a solar project

Rohnert Park, Calif. – Stellar Energy, a full service solar integrator focused on designing, building and maintaining large-scale commercial solar systems is announcing a national rollout of operations and maintenance services. Since 2004, Stellar Energy has been servicing, repairing and monitoring systems installations.

“With decades of solar experience, a nationwide presence and over 80 MW of corporate, government and utility projects, Stellar Energy has the knowledge and resources needed to keep solar systems running at peak performance,” said Wayne Williford, Stellar Energy Director of Operations & Maintenance. “Stellar Energy’s dedicated teams perform the cleaning, repair and monitoring services required to optimize system performance.”

28 June 2013

John’s Incredible Pizza Company Goes Solar with Stellar Energy

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System generates enough renewable energy to bake 58 million pizzas

Rohnert Park, Calif. ­- Stellar Energy, a national, large-scale solar provider, recently completed a 230 KW (DC) solar system for John’s Incredible Pizza Company in Fresno, Calif. The rooftop system is expected to generate 350,000 kilowatt-hours per year and offset 25 percent of the restaurant’s energy consumption.

The Stellar Energy solar system will help John’s Incredible Pizza Company meet its green initiatives and significantly reduce its operating costs.  “The investment pays for itself while generating clean, renewable energy,” explained John’s Incredible Pizza Company Vice President of Operations, Lori Stowe.

The Stellar Energy team has been providing commercial-scale solar systems for the food and beverage industry for more than a decade, helping many of California’s largest growers, food processors and wineries reduce their energy costs and achieve their sustainability goals. “Our team at Stellar Energy was excited to partner with John’s and made sure the project was delivered on time and on budget, with minimal impact to their day-to-day operations,” said Michael Mittleman, Stellar Energy President.

28 June 2013

Stellar Energy and Energy Finance Company Deliver Solar PV System for ASC Profiles LLC

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Prominent Steel provider for solar canopy structures leads by example

Rohnert Park, Calif. - Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar energy provider, based in Rohnert Park, Calif., recently completed a 296 kilowatt (kW) solar project that provides solar energy to ASC Profiles LLC - a manufacturer of steel roof, wall, and deck building products.

The new 296 kW solar energy system consists of five individual solar photovoltaic arrays. Four are elevated carport structures, and one is a roof-mounted array. The total array area is 22,133 square feet and produces enough electricity to power approximately 70 percent of ASC’s projected energy consumption.

ASC Profiles’ primary goal was to reduce the operational costs of their manufacturing plant in West Sacramento, Calif., where the company is headquartered. After considering all possible financial, technical and solar provider options, ASC Profiles chose a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Stellar Energy.  Stellar provided all engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services and was responsible for managing the entire project on time and on budget, and partnered with Energy Finance Company to provide the PPA.

“Combining Stellar Energy’s experience with a Power Purchase Agreement with Energy Finance Company was the right choice for us,” said John Cross, President of ASC Profiles. “We’ve basically gained all the benefits of solar power without the expense of building or responsibility of maintaining the system for 20 years.”

28 February 2013

Stellar Energy Enters North Carolina Large-Scale Solar Market

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Leading EPC hires energy veteran, Chris Larsen, and joins the North Carolina Solar Energy Association

Rohnert Park, CA – Stellar Energy, a leading commercial and utility-scale solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company headquartered in Rohnert Park, CA, hired energy veteran, Chris Larsen, as Director of Southeast Project Development. Larsen, who joined the industry in 1996, will be focused on partnerships with solar developers to build multi-megawatt solar projects.

Larsen earned his bachelor’s in economics from Princeton and master’s in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State. From 1996 to 2001, he was the Director of Policy Programs at NC State University's Solar Center, specializing in distributed generation and utility interconnection issues. He created and served as the first editor of IREC’s Connecting to the Grid newsletter which is now in its 14th year and is widely read by the US renewable energy, utility and regulatory communities. Larsen has spoken frequently at conferences and at state utility commission hearings and is the author of several papers in distributed generation, renewable energy, and power quality.

18 September 2012

Stellar Energy Completes 960 kW Solar PV System for Lightstorm Entertainment

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Solar Electricity Powers the Film Production of AVATAR Movie Sequels

Manhattan Beach, California -- Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar energy project developer and systems integrator announced the completion of a 960 kilowatt (kW) solar project that will provide clean energy to James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. (LEI), the film industry’s most technologically advanced and innovative production company.

The solar energy system consists of three large roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays and features 3,692 solar modules and three inverters, which produce enough electricity to power LEI’s sound stages and offices at Manhattan Beach Studios (MBS) Media Campus, a state-of-the-art production lot in Manhattan Beach, California owned by The Carlyle Group and property managed by Raleigh Studios.

LEI was determined to harness pure and clean solar energy to power their highly anticipated sequels to AVATAR, the highest grossing film of all time. Adding these solar energy systems to the studio’s rooftops was crucial to making the production of the next AVATAR films as energy efficient as possible.

By using renewable solar energy installed on complex roof-tops at the studio campus, LEI reduced its carbon footprint and has become a highly visible example for other studios to follow. LEI, and its leadership by James Cameron and Jon Landau, has a history of supporting environmental causes and plans to donate a portion of the profits from the next two AVATAR movies to environmental and social initiatives that are at the heart of the AVATAR world.

“The AVATAR sequels are a great opportunity to show how we, as a production company, can make clean green solar energy as we go. Going into AVATAR 2 and 3, we are going to be able produce enough solar energy to handle the entire electrical demand for our computers and performance capture systems here at MBS Media Campus,” said James Cameron, Director of AVATAR. “We have to do this for the future, for our children, and as a moral responsibility to the planet.”

12 September 2012

Stellar Energy Strengthens Leadership Team with new Operations Executives

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Michael Mittleman is now Senior VP of Operations and Wayne Williford is Solar O&M Manager

michael mittleman_headRohnert Park, CA— Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar energy integrator is pleased to announce the addition of two solar industry veterans to its operations team:  Michael Mittleman as Senior Vice President of Operations, and Wayne Williford as Operations and Maintenance Manager.

Mr. Mittleman is a solar industry veteran, who brings Stellar Energy over three decades of experience in commercial construction, with an extensive background in design/build projects for some of the largest food processing, cold storage, and distribution facilities in the nation. Prior to joining Stellar Energy, Mr. Mittleman managed the construction of over $150 million of solar projects for commercial, municipal, and industrial clients around the country.  Mr. Mittleman will oversee all engineering, procurement, and construction operations including purchasing, estimating, design, and project management.

Mr. Williford is also a solar industry veteran with extensive experience in the areas of solar power plant performance and system monitoring. Previously, he managed a portfolio of over 70 Megawatts of client’s solar assets.  In his new role as Stellar Energy’s Operations and Maintenance Manager, Mr. Williford is responsible for all client solar system performance, monitoring, and component maintenance.

“As the industry matures, investors in solar projects are demanding the lowest possible costs for development and greater accountability, including energy output guarantees,” stated Tosh Fujioka, Chief Executive Officer at Stellar Energy. “Adding Mr. Mittleman and Mr. Williford to our team increases our ability to compete and underscores our leadership position in large commercial and municipal solar project construction and operation.”

“Michael Mittleman’s demonstrated leadership in large-scale solar project management makes him the ideal partner to help lead Stellar Energy’s growth,” said Matt Lugar, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Stellar Energy. “Both Mr. Mittleman and Mr. Williford bring deep experience to help increase our efficiency through the entire life cycle of a solar project, and ultimately, more competitive pricing for our clients and financial partners.”

Contact us today to learn more about Stellar Energy's Solar Opperations & Maintenance services.

09 July 2012

Stellar Energy Powers Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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Venerable winery nearly eliminates their utility electrical bill with solar energy

Rohnert Park, CA—Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar energy engineering, procurement and construction provider, announced it has completed a 454 Kilowatt (kW) solar project at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg, California. The solar photovoltaic array consists of 1,932 modules composed of 100% American made equipment—quite uncommon in this country due to the higher cost of U.S.-manufactured products. The solar power generated is expected to offset the family-owned and operated winery's utility bill by 99% and save the winery nearly $4.9 million in electricity costs over the next 30 years.

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Prior to installing solar, Jordan chose to focus its efforts on a six-year program to reduce its energy consumption to the lowest possible level before switching to solar power. "I felt strongly about reducing our energy use before converting to solar," said Tim Spence, director of operations at Jordan Vineyard & Winery. "In the rush to get off the grid, many businesses have been 'solarizing' their inefficiencies—putting marketing before true sustainability and using the sun to power their overconsumption of energy. Reduce use first: that's been our guiding principle."

From 2007 to 2010, Jordan installed "cool roofs", new refrigeration units, new warehouse doors, pre-insulated piping systems, LED lighting and also enrolled in PG&E ClimateSmart™ to reach its initial electricity-reduction goals. The winery's electrical demand decreased by 25% due to this aggressive action program, and energy use was certified carbon neutral through ClimateSmart™.

Jordan was among the first wineries certified in the Sonoma Green Business Program and the winery's energy use was certified carbon neutral in 2009 through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

"California's bountiful sunshine has nurtured our grapevines for 40 years, and this harvest, we'll use that same sunlight to power all of our crush equipment for the 2012 vintage," said John Jordan, chief executive officer of Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

"The Jordan Winery solar project is another example of Stellar Energy's expertise in designing and installing complex, ground-mounted solar installations on steep hillsides," said Matt Lugar, vice president of sales and marketing at Stellar Energy. "Jordan Winery's new solar energy system will allow them to use clean solar energy to produce their wines for decades to come."

Jordan's American-made solar system was mounted on a hillside behind the winery to maximize the southern exposure sunshine and preserve the traditional, elegant look of the winery chateau buildings. The official switch from electrical to solar power took place June 29.

Click here to see videos and photos of the solar installation.

04 June 2012

Soligent: New Name for Stellar Energy’s Managing Company

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Operational efficiencies lead to more competitive solar equipment pricing

You probably already know Stellar Energy as one of the top solar EPC companies in California. Yet did you know our sister companies, DC Power Systems and Solar Depot were the largest solar equipment suppliers in the Unites States?

As of June 1, 2012- Stellar Energy's managing company; SolarNet and distributors DC Power Systems and Solar Depot officially changed to a single name Soligent, LLC. Merging into one name completes a transition to one company with a single vision and purpose, to be the best equipment partner in solar energy. Soligent's improved operational efficiencies lead to more competitive solar equipment pricing for Stellar Energy clients. Stellar Energy GP, Inc. will keep its name and remains a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Soligent, LLC.

As a brief history, Stellar Energy incorporated in 2004 and in 2009, ITOCHU International, a Fortune Global 500 company, acquired a majority interest in Stellar Energy and its managing company, SolarNet LLC, now called Soligent LLC. ITOCHU strengthened Stellar Energy's position with increased bonding and insurance capabilities.

Today Stellar Energy remains one of the nation's foremost large-scale solar energy integrators, with complete system design, engineering, procurement, and construction management capabilities. Stellar Energy navigates the technical, logistical, and regulatory complexities of developing solar projects for a wide variety of market segments, including government and municipal projects, schools and universities, commercial and industrial businesses, and utilities and independent power producers. Contact us to learn more.

03 October 2011

Rombauer Vineyards Now Powered by Stellar Energy

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Award Winning Napa Valley Winery Enjoys 671 kW Solar PV System

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Stellar Energy, a leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm, announced it has completed a 671 Kilowatt (kW) solar project for Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. The solar energy system consists of two large roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays and features 2,856 solar modules and 3 Satcon inverters, which provide the electricity to power their wine production facility and a large temperature controlled warehouse.

View the online Case Study for Rombauer Vineyards

27 September 2011

Sonoma Mountain Village 100% Powered by Solar

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Stellar Energy Installs a 1.158 Megawatt Solar PV System

Stellar Energy, a leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm, announced today that it has completed a 1.158 megawatt (MW) solar project at Sonoma Mountain Village. The system was financed in part through Sonoma County's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance program and is the largest solar system in Sonoma County to be PACE-financed to date. Sonoma Mountain Village is now able to generate 100% of its electricity needs from on-site solar.

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11 May 2011

BoDean Company "Flips Switch" on Solar

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Company Continues to Green Its Operation

In keeping with a continuing mission to green its operations, BoDean Company’s Mark West Quarry in Santa Rosa, California, will soon switch to a new solar power system recently installed by Stellar Energy GP, Inc. The system – designed to meet 100 percent of BoDean’s electrical billing needs – will go online Wednesday, May 11, during a “Flip the Switch” ceremony, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mark West Quarry, 4611 Porter Creek Road in Santa Rosa.

Download the case study for BoDean Company's Mark West Quarry (pdf)