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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
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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.”
In addition to lowering their electrical bill, ASC Profiles wanted to showcase one of their key customers, Baja Construction Inc. ASC Profiles produces the steel used in Baja’s Solar Support Systems, which are designed to support solar panels for solar carports and shade structures across the country.
“The limited roof space available at ASC made this an ideal situation to design a system with Baja’s solar support structures,” said Michael Mittleman, President at Stellar Energy. “This allowed us to utilize the ‘dead space’ of the parking areas to accommodate the volume of solar modules required, and still provide enough clearance for their delivery trucks to pass through.”
ASC Profiles is the leading supplier of steel used in manufacturing solar support structures and solar parking canopies for several of the leading national providers. “ASC Profiles has been a great partner to work with and we are honored to have earned their business,” added Ted Walsh, Stellar Energy VP of Sales and Marketing. “It is a great endorsement to be selected by a firm that is engaged in their industry. We delivered a highly visible, best-in-class solar system at their headquarters that all parties can be proud of.”
“Naturally, we were pleased to have them utilize our elevated cantilever system to accommodate the large solar arrays in their yard,” said Bob Hayworth, CEO of Baja Construction Inc. “We look forward to helping Stellar Energy in similar large-scale municipal and commercial and solar projects.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Energy Finance Company will own, operate, and maintain the system delivered by Stellar Energy, with ASC Profiles purchasing the solar generated electricity at a predictable rate lower than that offered by the local utility. By going solar, ASC Profiles expects to save approximately $1,250,000 over the next 20 years.
For photos and complete details about this solar project please see the online case study.
About Stellar Energy
Stellar Energy is one of the nation’s top providers of commercial-scale solar energy systems. Our sister company Soligent LLC is the largest and most comprehensive full-service distributor of renewable energy products in the US. This relationship provides Stellar Energy access to the highest quality products at the most competitive pricing without bias to proprietary technology, manufacturing or financing. With 30 years of experience in solar, our team is committed to professional solar project delivery and system operation, delivering the best financial and environmental benefits possible to our clients. For more information, please visit www.stellarenergy.com
About Energy Finance Company
Energy Finance Company (EFC) was formed to provide the capital for quality credit commercial, municipal and government customers desiring solar power systems. EFC’s Funding Solar Energy Fund, LP (the “FUSE Fund”), is the vehicle that owns and operates the solar projects and provides up to 100% of the capital required. The FUSE Fund uses a unique business model that offers a simple, low-cost way, to purchase solar electricity. FUSE Fund has a strategic relationship with solar module manufacturer Eoplly, Soligent and Stellar Energy. For more information, please visit www.energyfinancecompany.com
About ASC Profiles LLC
ASC Profiles is a subsidiary of BlueScope Steel and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metals Corporation and an industry leading manufacturer of steel roof, wall, and structural roof and floor deck used in the construction industry since 1971. For more information, please visit www.ascprofiles.com
About Baja Construction, Inc.
Baja Construction has specialized in pre-fabricated, pre-engineered, high-tensile light gauge steel structures since 1981. They focus on designing, engineering, supplying and installing their Solar Support System™ as an integral component of solar ground-mount, carport, EV Charging and RV/Boat storage solutions. For more information, please visit www.bajacarports.com
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