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285-D Bel Marin Keys Boulevard
Novato
CA, 94949
United States
Phone
(415) 382-7717
Fax
(415) 382-0592
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Kim Burnett

The Wine Industry's Solar Energy Experts

SolarCraft is the best choice among solar energy companies in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties and throughout California, with over 30 years providing renewable energy with photovoltaic electric solar power, solar water heater installation, and solar pool heater installation. As the most trusted name in solar electric and solar thermal systems for both commercial and residential applications, SolarCraft has over three decades of experience designing, installing and maintaining thousands of thermal and electric solar energy systems in residential and commercial facilities.  From wineries in Napa Valley to nut processors in Kern County and many more, systems designed and built by SolarCraft generate millions of kilowatts of clean renewable power every day.

Count on SolarCraft, the solar energy experts, for your transition to green energy!   Full service: design, installation, maintenance, repair and FREE On-site consultation & estimate

  • Novato Green Business of the Year - 2009
  • Best of Marin - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • North Bay Biz BEST Green Business - 2008/2009
  • ValueStar Customer-Rated Gold seal
  • Certified Green Business
  • Best Place to Work 2006, 2007, 2008 ( North Bay Business Journal)   

Accreditations

  • California Contractor License # 497797
  • (B) General Contractor, (C-10) Electrical Contractor, (C-46) CA Solar Energy Contractor
  • NABCEP Certified:  Bill Stewart, Seth Cooper, Riley Riggs, Brian Costa
  • CA Solar Energy Industry Association (CALSEIA) &  CA Energy Commission Member

 

Location

Serving the Bay Area
Offices in Novato, Sonoma & Napa

 

Solar Electric, Solar Pool Heating and Solar Hot Water Installations


SolarCraft has over two decades of experience designing, installing and maintaining thousands of thermal and electric solar energy systems in residential and commercial facilities.  We only install the highest quality product that is the best in the industry.

  • Solar Electric
  • Solar Pool Heating
  • Solar Hot Water

 

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SolarCraft Welcomes New VP of Sales & Marketing

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system design and installation, announcedtoday that Ted Walsh has joined their company as VP of Sales & Marketing to help manage expanding solar business.   

SolarCraft Welcomes new VP Sales & MarketingTed Walsh leads the Sales and Marketing teams at SolarCraft, as they continue to develop and implement new projects in the residential and commercial solar energy markets. Ted has been a leader in the solar industry for more than 10 years, and has lead several local solar companies to national prominence while developing more than 100 commercial projects and several hundred residential solar projects within the North Bay community.  Most recently Ted was President of a leading national commercial solar provider based in Petaluma, leading their growth and eventual acquisition by the nation’s largest utility. 

Joining the SolarCraft team in February of 2017, Ted is excited to bring his expertise and experience in renewable energy and his passion for environmental leadership and local sustainability to SolarCraft.  Ted combines a high level of integrity, customer perspective and personnel management experience with expertise in local energy markets, energy technology, and project finance.  He believes strongly that SolarCraft possesses the ideal balance of technical expertise, ‘client-first’ company culture, and proven technology partners to best serve the Northern California market.   

Ted holds degrees in Economics, Managerial Accounting, and Chemistry from the University of Rochester and the University of South Florida, respectively.  A lifelong athlete, he competed in the decathlon in college and played professional basketball in Europe.  He coaches youth sports locally, volunteers for local community and sustainability programs, and lives in Western Marin County with his wife and two young children, whose middle names are Sunshine and Wind.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com.


News Archive


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Hog Island Oyster Company -The Sun Shines on Acclaimed West Marin Oyster Company
30 March, 2017

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 90 kW DC solar installation at the very popular Hog Island Oyster Company on scenic Tamales Bay in Marshall, CA.   The West Marin County oyster farm now powers over 85% of its operations and retail oyster bar with clean, renewable energy, saving thousands in energy costs every year.

SolarCraft installs solar power at Hog Island Oyster Co. in West MarinNot only does solar help the climate, but the oysters themselves, as well as other shellfish, by reducing the amount of C02that is absorbed by the ocean.  Increased C02 in the water causes acidification, decreasing oysters’ ability to make their shells. 

“Our industry depends on water quality,” said Terry Sawyer, Hog Island Oyster Company Co-founder.  “We are on the front line of oceanic changes due to C02 absorption from fossil fuels, which directly affect an oyster’s ability to form a shell.  We have urged others to find alternative forms of energy and we are walking the walk.”  Sawyer continues, “Our site had several challenges including the corrosive environment of the salt water and several historic, aging buildings.  We have high electrical loads at our facility and we wanted to offset that usage, but it had to make financial sense.  SolarCraft is very experienced and knowledgeable; they presented us with several scenarios that met those challenges.  Their Operations team was very professional & easy to work with.”

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is mounted on multiple roof tops and engineered to solve the difficult challenges presented by the coastal location such as high winds and salt mist corrosion.   The solar photovoltaic system consists of 260 rugged, high-efficiency SunPower 345-watt solar panels.  The complex design makes the most of Solar Edge inverters which maximize energy harvest from the system overall, using optimizers that manage the output of each module.   Furthermore, the power optimizers monitor the performance of each module and communicate performance data to a monitoring portal.    

During the life of the system over 2,570 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the Hog Island’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing 8.4 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 44 acres of trees. 

About Hog Island Oyster Company
Started in 1983 with a five-acre shellfish lease and partners John Finger and Terry Sawyer at the helm, Hog Island Oyster Co. has grown to become one of the premiere producers of certified sustainable shellfish. With 160 acres in Tomales Bay plus a seed and hatchery operation in Humbolt Bay, Hog Island harvests and sells over 3.5 million oysters, Manila clams and mussels each year. Over 200 employees cultivate, shuck and serve an exceptional oyster experience at Hog Island locations in Marshall, Napa and San Francisco.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com    


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery - Sun Shines on Alexander Valley Vineyard
12 January, 2017

Novato, CA (January 2017) Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 190 kW solar electric panel system at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery in Geyserville, CA.  This historic Alexander Valley property is now powered by renewable, clean energy while enjoying lower utility costs.

Now, with a 190 kW solar power system, electrical use on all contiguous parcels of the 450-acre estate will be offset. In other words, with virtual net metering, most energy usage by Robert Young Estate winery, vineyards, residences, and other buildings will be offset by solar energy. This solar power system will immensely reduce the carbon footprint on the estate and save millions of dollars over many years of operation. 

SolarCraft solar power installation at Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery in Geyserville.
Jim Young, CEO of Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery said, “This solar array system is an important part of our continued commitment to farm and produce wines sustainably for generations to come.”

The solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on a small hillside at the west end of the vineyards and consists of 582 SunPower high-efficiency 327-watt solar panels.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 315,207 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, eliminating most of their electrical costs. 

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Winery to generate enough electricity to spare the air more than 12 million lbs. of C02 gases annually.  Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 20 million miles of driving.  That’s comparable to the air pollution removed by 106 acres of trees.

About Robert Young Estate Vineyards & Winery
Immigrating from upstate New York to California for the Gold Rush, Peter Young, grandfather of Robert Young, settled on a 206-acre ranch southeast of Geyserville, California in 1858.  He was among the pioneers who literally built the community of the Alexander Valley.  From wheat and cattle to prunes and now wine grapes, throughout six generations, the Scions of Robert Young have sustained a unique balance of dedication to and preservation of the land. 

 
SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com

 


SolarCraft Installs Solar Power for St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma - North Bay Church Saves Thousands with Solar Electricity
17 November, 2016

SolarCraft solar panel installation at St. James Catholic Church of PetalumaSonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 26 kW solar panel system at St. James Church of Petaluma, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay Church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 100% of their PG&E usage. 

The solar system is ground mounted in a visible location near the parking area, demonstrating to the Congregation the Church’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.   The solar system will reduce the church’s electricity bill by over $9,000 in its first year of operation.  

The array is comprised of 96 Suniva 270-watt solar panels.  Each of the 96 solar panels is controlled by a microinverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA.  Microinverters are small, compact units directly attached to each solar panel to convert power independently at the panel, maximizing energy production and reducing impacts from shading.   Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 - 12%.

The Church’s solar electric panels will spare the air nearly 30 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. 
Over 25 years the system is estimated to offset 873,840 kWh of electricity and the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 2.4 million miles of driving or planting 13 acres of trees.

About St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

St. James Catholic Church was the second Catholic Church built in Petaluma. It was founded in 1964 and dedicated in 1966. Its architecture is reminiscent of the adobe structures built by early settlers, and the interior is finished in redwood, acknowledging its location in the heart of the redwood empire.  There have been three pastors in its history: Fr. Charles O’Leary, Fr. Michael Cleary, and Fr. Michael Culligan. All three priests were born in Ireland. Just as the Irish are famous for their faith and friendliness, you’ll find those virtues in the parish of St. James.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Installs Solar Power at EnviroCare International - NorthBay Environmental Firm Eliminates their Power Bill with Solar
02 November, 2016

SolarCraft solar power installation at EnviroCare, CaliforniaNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 66.4 kW solar panel installation at EnviroCare International in American Canyon, CA.  The solar panel system will provide 100% of their power needs, eliminating their power bill and saving the company tens of thousands of dollars every year for decades to come.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the main facility and consists of 203 SunPower high efficiency 327-watt solar panels, providing 102,480 kWh of sustainable solar power every year.   

“Being an environmental firm we recognize the importance of clean air and water; now and for generations to come,” stated John Tate, Owner of EnviroCare.  “With this in mind, we felt strongly that investing in solar is the right thing to do not only for the company’s future but also the planet's.  We are very satisfied with the installation and friendly cooperation SolarCraft provided to help meet our needs.”

Over the life of the system 4 million tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from EnviroCare’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing 6.5 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by more than 34 acres of trees.

SolarCraft’s turnkey solar energy solution also included performance monitoring.  This offers real-time visibility into the number of kilowatt hours of electricity the solar panels are producing at any given moment to ensure all panels are preforming at peak efficiency.

EnviroCare’s solar power system will quickly pay for itself and will provide consistent renewable energy for over 30 years.

About EnviroCare International
EnviroCare was founded in 1980 as a broad-based supplier of engineered systems, engineering services, and aftermarket service for air and water pollution control, gas conditioning and gas cooling applications.  EnviroCare has developed effective and unique solutions for industrial gas conditioning applications and air pollution control equipment optimization.  EnviroCare also supplies custom wastewater separation and concentration equipment.  EnviroCare has over 20 employees in three countries strategically positioned to provide worldwide coverage.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Completes Solar Panel Install at Marin Tennis Club - San Rafael Tennis Club Goes Solar and Saves Money
24 August, 2016

SolarCraft solar panel installation at Marin Tennis ClubNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 50.7 kW DC solar panel installation at the Marin Tennis Club in San Rafael, CA.   The new system offsets their utility bill by 93%, and now powers the Club with clean, sustainable solar energy, saving them thousands in energy fees every year.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the clubhouse and locker room rooftops, spanning over 2,700 square feet.   It consists of 155 high efficiency SunPower 327-watt solar panels, providing 70,532 kWh of solar power annually. 

“With $0 down, and minimal incidental costs to our members, the Marin Tennis Club contracted with SolarCraft to install a solar system which will produce at least 70% of our projected main meter usage for years to come,” said Chris Ventris, General Manager.  “We will be producing more energy than we need during PG&Es peak rates and selling the surplus energy back to PG&E. The solar panels are initially leased to us and are maintained under a Power Purchase Agreement for the next 7 years, after which the Club may purchase them for a discounted price.”

Ventris continued, “We selected SolarCraft out of seven possible solar providers based primarily on the very knowledgeable staff, led by Jeannie Alderson, who helped educate our project team about the details of solar power and the various financing options available, and also the competitive pricing and contracting model SolarCraft offered. We were very pleased with SolarCraft’s professional and efficient installation of the solar panels and the timely completion of this project.”

Over the life of the system almost 3 million tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the Club’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing 4 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. 

About Marin Tennis Club
Located in a sheltered, sunny location in the beautiful Dominican Area of San Rafael, Marin Tennis Club is first and foremost a Tennis Club with 12 superbly maintained courts.  The Club offers a wide variety of tennis related activities, including lessons, competitive tennis, social tennis and clinics.  There is an onsite café, pool and gym and the clubhouse is often the center for parties and other social activities. Marin Tennis club is known for the warm weather, clean courts, and friendly members and staff.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for Congregation Beth Shalom - The Sun Shines on Napa Valley Synagogue
11 August, 2016

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 35 kW solar panel system at Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the Napa Synagogue’s photovoltaic system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving thousands in utility costs in the years to come.

SolarCraft introduced a new financing option very favorable for non-profits and Congregation Beth Shalom saw the sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month, allowing many houses of worship and spiritual communities to go solar.  They can dramatically reduce their climate footprint, which is very congruent with their values, as well as saving them money, which allows them to provide the valuable services to the community.

Solar Panel installation by SolarCraft at Beth ShalomThe solar photovoltaic system is mounted on multiple roof top locations and consists of 108 LG 320-watt solar panels.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 42,508 kilowatt hours of energy annually, offsetting their PG&E bills by 98 % and providing clean energy to the Synagogue.  Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Congregation to generate enough electricity each day to spare the air nearly 67,000 lbs. of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the life of the system, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 2.7 million miles of driving, or planting 4.3 acres of trees.

About Congregation Beth Shalom

For over sixty years, Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley (known as CBS) has been the center of Jewish life in the Napa Valley.  CBS had its beginnings during World War II as “The Napa Jewish Group”, meeting in members’ homes.  Being the only synagogue in Napa County, they continue to provide a rich religious, educational, cultural and social experience for the increasing number of Jews who have settled here resulting in a congregation of over 300. 


SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Appoints New President/CEO -North Bay Solar Energy Leader Sees Very Bright Future
18 July, 2016

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar electric and solar pool heating system installation, announcedtoday 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."

SolarCraft had enjoyed a history of success, being one of the most experienced solar energy contractors and retailers in Northern California Since 1984.  A certified Marin County Green Business, SolarCraft has earned its reputation as “Solar Energy Experts” by providing excellent solar electric, solar thermal and solar hot-water consulting, design, sales, installation, and maintenance services for residences, business, agriculture, and government projects. With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.  www.solarcraft.com

 


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Menlo Park Fire Station - Silicon Valley Fire Station Goes Green and Saves Money
25 May, 2016

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 41 kW DC solar panel installation at the newly constructed Station 2 Menlo Park Fire Department, Menlo Park, CA.   The solar panel system will save the Station over $250,000 dollars in energy fees over the next 20 years.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is mounted on the top of a two-story standing-seem roof and consists of 126 American-made, Suniva 325-watt solar panels, providing 53,700 kWh of sustainable solar power annually.  The excess energy is fed back to PG&E, reducing the energy pressures on the local power grid.


Menlo Park Fire Department_by_SolarCraft"This is our first solar project, we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to the energy consumption and reduction of a modern, working, fire station,” said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.  “We will be including solar power to all future fire station projects based upon an improved return on investment to the community.” 

SolarCraft was selected for their expertise and ability to design and engineer a system to meet the unique demands of the Fire Station for a high-performing reliable system with low operating costs and risks.

Over the life of the system 420 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the Station’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of removing nearly 1 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by more than 3 acres of trees.

About Menlo Park Fire District
The Menlo Park Fire District, which also serves East Palo Alto, Atherton and unincorporated areas of the county, turns 100 this year.  Adding solar and other energy efficiency measures is part of the plans for new construction to grow resources.  The newly built Station 2 is critical because it covers an area expected to see the most development over the next 20 years.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Earns Top Honor as BEST Marin Solar Installer - Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a sixth year
09 May, 2016

Novato, CA (May 2016)SolarCraft,a Novato business since 1984,  has again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the Marin County.  Earning Best of Marin for 5 consecutive years put SolarCraft in the Pacific Sun’s Hall of Fame in 2015, which put them out of voting contention for one year.  In 2016, SolarCraft was once more voted the best solar installer in Marin County for a sixth year.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre;  Sundial Broadcasting Station, Sausalito; Marin County Emergency Operations Facility, San Rafael;  Sunny Hill Services, San Anselmo; Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie's School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.

Solar Earns Best Solar Installer in Marin County


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Nova Group - Napa Engineering & Construction Firm now Powered by the Sun
31 March, 2016

SolarCraft solar panel install at Nova Group NapaNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 187 kW solar panel installation at Nova Group in Napa, CA.  The solar panel system will provide over a 90% reduction in their power bills, saving the company $2 million dollars in energy fees over the next 20 years.

“We are pleased to join the ranks of those businesses and home owners who are choosing to get off the grid!” stated Nova Group CFO Walter Birdsall.  “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.”

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.

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.

About Nova Group
Nova Group, Inc., is a general engineering contractor with home offices and a fabrication facility in Napa, California.   Founded in 1976, the company established its reputation with the building of steam lines for the U.S. Government at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California.  Today, Nova is one of the nation’s most experienced and respected general engineering contractors specializing in hydrant fueling, waterfront, and utility construction. The company employs over 150 construction professionals worldwide, and has been awarded almost $1.2 billion in government contracts.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Cloverleaf Ranch
16 March, 2016

Sun Shines on Celebrated Sonoma County Camp

Novato, CA (March 2016) - Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of solar panels at Cloverleaf Ranch in Santa Rosa, CA.  Located on 160 acres of oak tree dotted hills and grazing land in Sonoma County, the camp is now powered by renewable energy, saving the environment from 22 tons of carbon emissions every year.

The 17 kW solar photovoltaic system is ground-mounted on a hillside overlooking the surrounding vineyards at the camp.  Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar system consists of 52 SunPower 327-watt, high efficiency solar panels, providing 28,589 kWh of clean, sustainable electricity annually.  

Shawna DeGrange was excited about the addition to the ranch and went on to explain, "While we are a very traditional camp, with traditional values, we want the community to know that we are also changing with the times. Our goal is not only to take care of our environment, but instill that appreciation of the outdoors to our youth. My goal is to add lesson planning in the camp program in a fun, educational setting to teach them the value of alternative power sources."

Cloverleaf Ranch switched to solar power to reduce their carbon footprint and to create a better, more sustainable future for its campers and the community.

Cloverleaf’s solar power system will generate enough electricity comparable to avoiding production of over         44,848 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 1.8 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by more than 10 acres of trees.

About Cloverleaf Ranch

Cloverleaf Ranch originated in 1947 as a working ranch, and has become a "home away from home" for thousands of children and adults from all over the world for over half a century. The Ranch has continued to provide fun and excitement with the goal of changing lives for the better.  They offer an equestrian program, aquatics, sports program activities and other activities such as campouts, hiking, ropes course, arts and crafts, and many more great activities. Today, in addition to its award-winning horse boarding and riding programs, Cloverleaf ‘s rustic, charming ranch is home to Sonoma County’s Premiere Summer Camp Program.

SolarCraft, a 100% Employee Owned Company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com

 


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Cloverdale Unified School District
03 March, 2016

Sonoma County School Reduces Utility Bill and Saves Money

Novato, CA (February 2016) - Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of solar panels on at Washington Middle School in the Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD), Cloverdale, CA.   The new 102 kW photovoltaic system will reduce their utility grid demand while saving the school district thousands in energy fees every year.

“The voters in Cloverdale passed the Measure G bond in 2010, and one of the main reasons the passage occurred is because the district included solar in its plans,” stated CUSD Superintendent Jeremy Decker. 

“We are very excited that we have finally installed our solar panels and followed through with our promise to the community.”

The solar photovoltaic panels are ground-mounted at the Northwest corner of the school property, enclosed by fencing for added protection and security.  The students have a first-hand opportunity to see how sunlight is converted to electricity and to learn of the importance for us all to explore the possibility of using renewable resources for our energy.

Solar power offers the CUSD an opportunity to help break away from the budget uncertainty surrounding energy, and to secure decades of reliable energy prices while significantly lowering their carbon footprint.  The energy savings can go back towards the important work of education.  The solar power system for Cloverdale Unified School district marks SolarCraft’s seventh installation for a Northern California school.

“Anytime that we make improvements to our school sites we always have the environment in mind. Installing solar panels at Washington not only allows us to provide power to a school, while lowering our electricity bill, but it shows our students and community that we are committed to being good stewards of the Earth,” says Jeremy Decker.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar system consists of 312 SunPower 327-watt, high efficiency solar panels, spanning over 5,475 square feet and providing 165,881 kWh of clean, renewable electricity annually. In the first year of operation, the solar panels are estimated to generate more than 73 percent of Cloverdale school district’s electricity needs. That’s about $40,860 in savings every year.

CUSD’s solar power system will generate enough electricity to power 24 average homes and will avoid production of almost 6,505,436 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 10.5 million miles of driving over the next 25 years. That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 56 acres of trees.

SolarCraft, a 100% employee owned company, is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over

3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com

 


SolarCraft Becomes 100% Employee-Owned - North Bay Solar Energy Leader Sells to Employees through ESOP
03 February, 2016

SolarCraft, a 32 year old North Bay solar energy contractor has announced that it has transitioned to a fully Employee Owned Company, (ESOP).

Previous owners, Bill Stewart and Dennis Nuttman, plan to remain active in their current roles as President and Director, respectively, for the foreseeable future as the company transitions to a new management team made up of current employees.

“Over the years we have had offers to be bought out or rolled up by newer solar players looking to expand into this area”, says Bill Stewart, President, “but it never felt right to Dennis and I because of how it would change the nature of our company that we have built over 30 plus years, and the impact on our current long term employees was unknown. The ESOP seemed to fit our philosophy perfectly, in that the company will continue operating as a local North Bay focused solar contractor. It is also important to us that our current and future customers know that there is a transition plan in place and that SolarCraft will continue to operate for many years to come, with all of our valuable employees now being owners of the business”.

An ESOP is a qualified retirement plan that invests in the common stock of the sponsoring company and provides eligible employees with an ownership interest in this company. It is intended to share in and drive increased productivity and profitability, and ultimately an increased stock price from which employee owners will directly benefit. 

Every employee now has the opportunity to reap the rewards of any future success created as a team.

SolarCraft had enjoyed a history of success, being one of the most experienced solar energy contractors and retailers in Northern California Since 1984.  A certified Marin County Green Business, SolarCraft has earned its reputation as “Solar Energy Experts” by providing excellent solar electric, solar thermal
and domestic hot-water consulting, design, sales, installation, and maintenance services for residences, business, agriculture, and government projects. With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.  www.solarcraft.com


Sonoma Academy Makes the Switch to Solar
11 January, 2016

Sonoma Academy has switched-on a 208 kW solar power project on the north edge of its campus.  The electricity produced from this system is projected to save over $1,280,000 for the academy over the next 25 years allowing that money to flow directly back into education. 

Sonoma Academy’s solar power system is not only about utility bills savings, but an example of the Academy’s intent to create a better, more sustainable future for its students. It will generate enough electricity to power about 50 average homes and will avoid production of 6,266 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing nearly 5 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 107 acres of trees.

A Local Team:  The solar project was developed by SolEd Benefit Corp of San Rafael and investor MacDonald Eco Developments LLC of Sebastopol, and installed by SolarCraft of Novato.

Sonoma Academy did not have to buy the solar equipment, or take on any debt.  It instead signed a 25-year Solar Power Purchase Agreement with SolEd Solar Holdings III, LLC to simply buy the clean energy produced and metered by the solar array.  Under present Net Energy Metering rules (confirmed by the CA Public Utility Commission this month) the School’s meter will be credited at established retail values of energy during the bright summer months and on weekends while it uses little energy, and pays a modest cost (eventually declining) for energy delivered.

The solar modules are all-black mono-crystalline silicon PV 275-Watt panels manufactured in the U.S. by Suniva, Inc out of Norcross, GA, with a 25-year warranty.  The inverters are HiQ Solar 8kW TrueStringTM smart inverters, made in California by HiQ Solar, Inc. of Santa Clara, CA. The hillside installation and racking on earth screws was accomplished by RBI Solarof Ohio.  Overall system engineering, permitting, procurement and turnkey construction was managed by SolarCraft of Novato.

SolEd Benefit Corpwas formed with the mission to lower the cost of clean energy for schools and public benefit clients.  They are using a Solar Power Purchase Agreement document used by SolEd with a four-school District in Petaluma, and several other agencies in the Northbay.

Key terms of the Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) include:

  • No upfront capital cost to Sonoma Academy
  • No obligation for the School to operate and maintain the solar facility
  • No fixed payments or debt obligations for the School
  • No need to reserve for capital replacement or repairs – SolEd does that
  • The PPA is simply an agreement to pay for the clean energy delivered to the meter.

The rising cost of energy has profoundly affected our local nonprofits and schools, who have to adapt to working on tighter and tighter budgets without compromising the quality of their important work.  

“We have wanted to go solar from the founding of the Academy,” says Derice Hogel, the business manager, “but we needed to preserve capital for growth of the school.  This approach was the winning formula—and it looks as though we will have nice operating savings as well. SolEd’s Solar PPA is fair, and beneficial for our program.”

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com

About Sonoma Academy
Sonoma Academy is the only independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County.  On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond.  The Academy has undertaken a program of environmental excellence, aiming for a zero net-energy standard for its new facilities.  For more information, contact Derice Hogel, Director of Finance & Operations, at 707-636-2462.


SolarCraft Helps Sundial Broadcasting Corporation Switch to Solar Power
11 November, 2015

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 24.8 kW solar electric system at Sundial Broadcasting Corporation in Sausalito, CA.  The broadcasting station sits on Mount Beacon atop the Marin Headlands and is now powered by clean, renewable energy.

The project is expected to provide Sundial with nearly $403,000 in energy savings over the life of the system and meet 99% of the station’s electricity needs.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted and engineered to solve difficult challenges presented by the coastal, mountain-top location such as high winds, salt mist corrosion and uneven, rocky terrain.   The solar photovoltaic system consists of 80 Canadian Solar 310-watt solar panels, spanning 1,654 square feet.  Candian Solar’s high-efficiency solar panels are certified for use in coastal and marine environments, ensuring the durability and performance of the project.

The system will be net-metered, so any solar energy not consumed by Sundial Broadcasting Corporation will be fed into the local electricity grid. The project is expected to generate 34,977 kilowatt hours of electricity within its first year of operation.   The station will recoup the cost of installing the system in less than 6 years and enjoy free power from the sun for many decades to come.

The new solar power system will allow Sundial Broadcasting Corporation to generate enough electricity to power 6 average homes and will avoid production of 27 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 2.2 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by 12 acres of trees.   

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation at Martine’s Wines
22 October, 2015

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 20 kW solar electric system at Martine’s Wines in Novato, CA.   An importer and wholesaler of exceptional foreign wines, Martine’s Wines is now utilizing clean solar power and saving thousands in utility fees every year.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted and consists of 66 Canadian Solar 305-watt solar panels, spanning nearly 1,365 square feet.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and are expected to generate approximately 29,436 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, reducing their PG&E bills by 94% and providing clean energy to their warehouse facility.

“My warehouse is specially designed for the storage of wines.  I need 24 hours a day refrigeration and therefore a lot of electric power,” said Martine’s Wines founder, Martine Saunier.  “Where we are located in Novato, it is very sunny all year round.  It was a reasonable decision to install solar panels on the roof with a reputable company such as SolarCraft.”

By installing solar, a cost-effective and sustainable energy solution, Martine’s Wines can expect to eventually save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of the system, and recoup the cost of installing the system in 7 years.

The new solar power system will allow Martine’s Wines to generate enough electricity to power 9 average homes and will avoid production of almost 577 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 1.8 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over 9.9 acres of trees.

About Martine’s Wines
Martine Saunier started her business in 1979 because she couldn’t find anything exceptional to drink. In doing so, she became the first woman to import wines into the United States. Ms. Saunier is known to oenophiles everywhere as the woman who discovered Henri Jayer, Château Rayas and Denis Mortet, and is credited for introducing Domaine Leroy to the United States market.  In December 2012, the celebrated wine importer and wholesaler came under a new generation of ownership. The new company will continue doing business as Martine’s Wines, and Ms. Saunier will remain on board with the new owners.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 6,000 satisfied customers and over 3 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Horicon School District - Sonoma County School Makes the Switch to Solar Power
07 October, 2015

SolarCraft Complete Solar Panel Installation at Horicon SchoolNovato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 59 kW solar electric system at Horicon Elementary School in Annapolis, CA, near the northern coast of Sonoma County.   The new photovoltaic system will offset 99% of their utility grid demand, essentially eliminating their electric bills and saving the school district thousands in utility fees every year.

The solar photovoltaic panels are ground mounted in a visible location at the front of the school, providing students a first-hand opportunity to see how sunlight is converted to electricity.  Horicon is one of many schools going solar and serving as stewards of sustainability and cornerstones of green initiatives that benefit their community.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the solar system consists of 190 Canadian Solar 310-watt solar panels, spanning over 656,666 square feet and providing 87,235kWh of clean, renewable electricity annually.   Solar provides Horicon an effective long-term hedge against future utility rate increases and frees previous energy expenditures to go back towards education.

SolarCraft assisted the school with preparing The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) application for a $75,000 grant.  Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.

Horicon’s solar power system will generate enough electricity to power over 26 average homes and will avoid production of almost 38 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 2.2 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over
8 acres of trees.

About Horicon School
Horicon Elementary School is a rural, one school district in the northwest corner of Sonoma County. The district is one of the largest geographically in the state and includes the coastal community of the Sea Ranch and Stewarts Point to the west; Annapolis and east along Skaggs Springs Road. Horicon has a K-8th population of 46 students.  The Horicon Elementary School has 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher, with the CA state average being 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher. 

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Helps Redwood Credit Union Save Energy & Money - North Bay Credit Union Makes the Switch to Solar Power
24 June, 2015

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 662 kW solar electric system at Redwood Credit Union (RCU) in Santa Rosa, CA.   The new photovoltaic system will offset about 61 percent of RCU’s utility grid demand and save the company thousands in utility fees every year.

The solar array consists of 2,036 Suniva 320-watt solar panels, installed on building rooftop and spanning over 42,460 square feet.  Covering the majority of the rooftop, the solar panels further reduce the building’s heating and cooling load by insulating and protecting the roof.

Designed and installed by SolarCraft, the $1.2 million system will produce up to 662 kW of clean, solar power annually and will provide an SolarCraft solar panel installation at Redwood Credit Unioneffective long-term hedge against future utility rate increases.  Installing solar, a cost-effective and sustainable energy solution, is the latest upgrade to the LEED-certified facility, which has served as the Credit Union’s headquarters since 2007.

“The addition of solar to our administrative building is a demonstration of our commitment to sustainable and earth-friendly practices. The additional benefit of long-term savings on power costs allows us to return even greater value to our 240,000 Members,” said Brett Martinez, Redwood Credit Union’s President & CEO.

RCU’s solar power system will generate enough electricity to power 148 average homes and will avoid production of almost 272 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of removing 15 million miles of driving over the next 25 years.  That’s also comparable to the air pollution removed by over 54 acres of trees.

About Redwood Credit Union
Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union is a full-service financial institution providing personal and business banking services to anyone living or working in the North Bay or San Francisco. As a financial cooperative focused on people not profit, RCU offers complete financial services including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking, business services, commercial and SBA lending, investment and financial planning services and more

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Earns Gold as a North Bay Green Business
15 June, 2015

SolarCraft has been awarded the Green Business Gold Medal in North Bay Biz Magazine’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the North Bay.  Over 1,000 companies and individuals were nominated, which underscores the quality of companies doing business in the North Bay.  Given the extent of the competition, SolarCraft is very proud to be the recipient of the Gold Medal in the Green Business category.  The awards party took place May 14th at Vitners Inn in Santa Rosa.

SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors and retailers in Northern California.  Since 1984, the certified Marin County Green Business has earned its reputation as “Solar Energy Experts” by providing excellent solar electric, solar thermal and domestic hot-water consulting, design, sales, installation, and maintenance services for residences, business, agriculture, and government projects. SolarCraft has installed more than 5,000 solar energy systems in California with over 2.5 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and preventing production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.

SolarCraft’s recent notable projects include: Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa; Hess Collection Winery, Napa; Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa; Marin County Emergency Operations Facility, San Rafael;  Medtronic, Santa Rosa;  Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre; Liberty School, Petaluma and Wine Country Cellars, Windsor.

SolarCraft’s knowledgeable and experienced representatives provide a FREE solar consultation and estimate including design and wattage recommendations that are tailored to your requirements.   We handle all the paperwork to maximize current rebates and tax incentives, and we offer a variety of financing packages.


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services
05 May, 2015

Napa Valley Non-Profit Goes Green

Novato, CA (May 2015) - Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 106.3 kW solar electric panel system at Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services (NVHADS) in Napa, CA. They are now generating their own power from the sun and saving thousands in utility costs each year. More importantly, with that savings they are able to provide more services to the community.

“Making the change to solar power will have a profound, positive impact on our agency for many years to come,” said NVHADS President and CEO Linda Gibson. “We very much appreciate the quality, expertise, and professionalism that SolarCraft brought to this project, which is helping us become energy efficient and more sustainable, as well as able to focus more of our financial resources on patient care.”

The solar photovoltaic system is mounted on the roof of the facility with high-efficiency SunPower solar electric modules. The system converts sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 158,550 kilowatt hours of emissions-free electricity each year, reducing the facility’s PG&E bills by an estimated 95%. Just as important to the nonprofit is the dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas impacts, with the CO2 equivalent of eliminating over 2.6 million miles of driving over the life of the system.

Getting to this point was no small task, with the solar project team – lead by Director of Development, Joanne Sutro, and Board Chair, Steve Silva – carefully determining the project parameters, selecting a vendor, and negotiating the best financing vehicle always with the goal of providing solar in a way that delivered the most value possible to NVHADS. Additionally, the project had considerable design challenges, due to multiple roof planes, shading, and high electricity bills that required using every bit of feasible roof space available. SolarCraft’s Director of Commercial Projects, Robert Gould, recalls it taking several design iterations to “find the right balance between the best financial return, product quality and reliability, and aesthetics. It was no small task on this project, but we felt honored to be chosen and to help our client go solar and forward their mission at the same time”.

In addition to SunPower modules, SolarCraft engineered the system with SolarEdge inverter-optimizers, which provide all the functionality of micro-inverters at lower cost and with lower risk. The SolarEdge power optimizers ensure each and every module is operating at maximum efficiency, regardless of shading, soiling, and/or the orientation of the other modules.

About Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services
Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services, a non-profit organization, provides life-affirming care with remarkable compassion during life’s most challenging transitions. Celebrating their 36th year, the programs have served more than 10,000 families in the Napa Valley over the past decade alone, and provide an important support service within the community. Programs and services include: hospice care, palliative care, grief counseling, adult day health care, Alzheimer’s resource center and caregiver support and respite.


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for First Congregational Church of Sonoma
20 April, 2015

North Bay Church Makes the Switch to Solar 

Sonoma, CA (April 2015)— Sonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a13.2 kW solar panel system at the First Congregation Church of Sonoma in Sonoma, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 90% of their PG&E usage. 

The solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the west facing roof of the Church’s Burlingame Hall and consists of 48 LG 275-watt solar panels.   The solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 17,969 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing up to $4,700 in utility savings every year.  Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

SolarCraft presented to the Church new financing options which are very favorable for non-profits and deliver sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month, with no upfront costs.  The church is part of Interfaith Power and Light, a nationwide group of 1,800 churches working on climate change, and the first church in the Sonoma Valley to convert to renewable power.

The system’s solar electric panels will spare the air nearly 6 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. 
Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 325,000 miles of driving or planting 6 acres of trees.

About First Congregation Church of Sonoma

Founded in 1869, the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, United Church of Christ is a diverse gathering of folk, many who would describe themselves as progressive Christians.  The campus is shared with the Jewish Congregation Shir Shalom, where they live out the phrase on their sign that says “All are welcome.”  Their mission is to connect with and serve the community and world. Empowered by the spirit of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ, they seek peace and justice for all. www.sonomaucc.org

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Spirit Rock - Sun Shines on West Marin Meditation Center
23 February, 2015

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft has completed the construction of a 115.6 kW solar electric system at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA .  The installation of the solar photovoltaic array will reduce the Center’s carbon footprint and power their facilities with sunlight.  

Sustainability and the environment are top priorities for Spirit Rock, as stated by co-founder, Jack Kornfield “’Move through the world with care” taught the Buddha. Spirit Rock is a generator of metta, sending loving kindness across the world. Now our beautiful sunlight generates clean energy, a new form of care, and a reminder to us all to lovingly tend the earth".

This ground mounted solar electric system spans consists of  (335) Sunpower 345 high-efficiency solar modules, providing power to the administrative offices, guest facilities and the meditation hall with renewable energy, reducing Spirit Rock utility costs by over 90%.

Through the use of special non-profit friendly financing through SolarCraft, which allows clients to benefit from commercial incentives, they pay less for solar power than they would to PG&E. In financial terms, the system generates positive cash flow immediately. Furthermore, Spirit Rock has the option to pay off the system sooner (after year 5) to own it outright. Doing so will reduce financing costs and enable them to save even more money.  

“Here comes the sun,” said Spirit Rock Teacher and cofounder James Baraz when he received news of the powering up of the solar array. “We are an organization that seeks to ‘walk our talk’ and reduce our carbon impact so we will ‘do no harm’ for the planet, all living beings and future generations.”

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 190,700 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually.   The new solar energy system allows Spirit Rock to generate enough electricity each day to power over 27 average homes.  The amount of carbon offset by the PV array is equivalent to removing 50 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 3 million miles of driving or planting 10 acres of trees.

AboutSpirit Rock
Nestled in the hills of West Marin County, Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock.  It was founded in 1987 as Insight Meditation West and is visited by an estimated 40,000 people a year.  Spirit Rock hosts a year-round schedule of residential retreats, daylong retreats/workshops, benefit workshops, and weekly classes.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Hires New Controller - Solar Industry Leader Hires Controller to Help Manage Thriving Business
19 November, 2014

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system design and installation, announced today that Cindy Gurtner has joined their company as Controller.  Gurtner’s extensive construction based financial management experience will help lead SolarCraft as they continue to develop and implement new projects in the residential and commercial solar energy market.

With 15 years of experience in the construction industry, as an Accounting Manager and Controller, organizational development, job costing and profitability tracking and a myriad of process development and management skills, Cindy Gurtner is well prepared to take on the challenge.

Cindy Gurtner comes to SolarCraft after three years at George Family Enterprises, Northern California, Inc. an acoustical and specialty ceilings contractor in the North Bay and Sonoma County.  During her time there, the average profitability of projects increased and rarely went over budget.  Prior to joining GFENC, Cindy was at BEK, CMG, Inc, performing extensive audits for a $500 million dollar new construction project.  Cindy also spent seven years at Page Construction, Inc, a general contractor performing Public Works projects.

Gurtner also spent 5 years with BayGroup International, Inc., which involved multiple entities in multiple countries using multiple currencies. She left there as an Accounting Manager to join Page Construction as an Assistant Controller, holding the title of Controller when she left for BEK CMG, Inc.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for Congregation Shomrei Torah
13 October, 2014

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 34 kW solar panel system at Congregation Shomrei Torah in Santa Rosa, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay Synagogue’s system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving thousands in utility costs in the years to come.

While the Congregation has been wanting to do solar for a few years for all the right reasons, but it was not until a new financing option very favorable for non-profits was introduced by SolarCraft that they saw a sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month. As Robert Gould, Director of Commercial Projects, states, “we are honored to be helping houses of worship, like Shomrei Torah, to dramatically reduce their climate footprint, which is very congruent with their values, as well as saving them money, which allows them to provide the valuable services to the community.  We are seeing a number of houses of worship and spiritual communities going solar.”    

The solar photovoltaic system is ground mounted on a hillside below the building and consists of 104 SunPower high-efficiency solar panels spanning nearly 2,180 square feet.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 56,100 kilowatt hours of energy annually, reducing their PG&E bills by 90% and providing clean energy to the Synagogue. Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Congregation to generate enough electricity each day to power 17 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.4 million miles of driving.

About Congregation Shomrei Torah
Shomrei Torah was founded in 1974 by a group of eleven Sonoma County families. The name they chose for their new congregation translates as “Keepers of Torah” in honor of our Holocaust Torah, which was rescued from Strakonitz, Czechoslovakia, and is on permanent loan from a foundation in Westminster, England.  Today, the 450 member households of Shomrei Torah comprise the largest Jewish congregation in Sonoma County, and the fastest-growing congregation in the North Bay.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Marin’s New Emergency Operations Facility
04 August, 2014

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 518.5 kW solar power system at Marin County’s New Emergency Operations Facility in San Rafael, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the County’s new solar panel system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving millions in utility costs in the years to come.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning nearly 36,000 square feet.  The system is built with 1,700 ReneSola 305-watt solar panels, powering the new facility with clean, renewable energy, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.

The building, known by many as part of the Marin Commons, had its public debut on May 10.  It will allow emergency response services to remain operational in the event of a major earthquake.  "I am looking forward to celebrating the opening of our state of the art seismic-certified public safety building," Supervisor Susan Adams said, saying she was "particularly happy" with the building's solar system.

In keeping with the County of Marin Board of Supervisor’s goal of sustainability, the Marin Emergency Operations Facility Project is on track for Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The 518.5 kW solar array fulfills the Countywide General Plan goal of 1 Megawatt of PV panels on county facilities ahead of the 2015 self-imposed deadline.

The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 764,400 kilowatt hours of energy annually, allowing the County to generate enough electricity each day to power 119 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 220 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 12.6 million miles of driving.

About M
arin Emergency Operations Facility

The county purchased the building at 1600 Los Gamos Road, San Rafael, for $28 million in 2011 and spent about $50 million for seismic, equipment and technological upgrades as well as interior renovations. After Sheriff-Coroner personnel get settled at the Emergency Operations Facility, the County plans to bring in employees from other departments over the next several years.  Extra spaces will be rented to generate funds.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com


Aerial Views of 2,200 Solar Electric Panels Installed by SolarCraft
21 May, 2014

Saving money and the planet!  The Hess Collection Napa turned to SolarCraft to add a new roof mounted solar power system that will provide nearly all the energy needs of its Green-certified winery and warehouse in American Canyon where Hess Select wines are produced.

 


SolarCraft Completes Installation of Solar Power System on Hess Production Facility
07 May, 2014

 Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 649 kW solar power system at Hess Collection Winery providing nearly 100% of the electrical needs for its Napa, CA production facility.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the new system will reduce Hess’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof-mounted, spanning 44,555 square feet.  The system consists of 2,200 Hanwha Solar 295-watt solar panels, powering their offices and production facilities with clean, renewable energy.

 Utilizing solar power is part of Hess Collection Winery’s commitment to environmentally conscious and sustainable business practices.  By going solar, they will reduce their carbon footprint while saving millions in utility costs in the years to come.

 The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 945,450kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing 100% of the winery’s annual energy consumption.   The new solar energy system enables Hess to generate enough electricity each day to power 148 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 272 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating almost 16 million miles of driving.



About The Hess Collection Winery
Donald Hess established his first Napa Valley vineyard on Mount Veeder in 1978, and from the beginning, under his stewardship The Hess Collection has been a leader in sustainability.  Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and for both winery and vineyards by Napa Green, The Hess Collection is well known for combining twin passions under one roof at its historic home on Mount Veeder, where both The Hess Collection Winery and the world renowned Hess Collection Art Museum welcome visitors.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.www.solarcraft.com

 


SolarCraft Earns Top Honor as BEST Marin Solar Installer
10 April, 2014

Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a fifth year 

Novato, CA (April 2014)SolarCraft, a Novato business since 1984,  has once again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the Marin County.  For the fifth year in a row, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California. Celebrating its 30th year in business, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers. With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.

 

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Sunny Hill Services, San Anselmo; Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie's School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.


SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System at Napa Valley Country Club
17 March, 2014

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 251 kW solar power system at Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, CA.   The picturesque, private golf course is now powered by renewable, green energy. 

Solar Panels Installed at Napa Valley Country ClubThe solar electric system is ground mounted on a hillside above the golf course.  It consists of 870 high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 17,610 square feet.  The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 363,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually.  Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar power system allows Napa Valley Country Club to generate enough electricity each day to power over 57 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 105 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 6 million miles of driving.  

The Napa Valley Country Club will enjoy free energy from the sun and thousands in utility savings many decades to come.

AboutNapa Valley Country Club
Napa Valley Country Club is the only entirely private country club in Napa County.  Nestled in the hills of the Napa Valley this 6,148-yard, par 72-layout rolls through the countryside in grand fashion. The original front nine fairways were cut out of tall grass with wild oats as rough in 1917 by a group of Napa Valley businessmen.The back nine was completed in 1990, designed by Ronald Fream.  Gorgeous scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and beautiful natural surroundings make a round at Napa Valley Country Club seem more like a stroll through a nature wonderland. 

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Expands Solar for Labcon - World Leader in Eco-Friendly Plastics Increases Solar Production
27 February, 2014

SolarCraft Installs Solar for Labcon of Petaluma

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 73.2 kW solar electric expansion at Labcon in Petaluma, CA, the industry leader in sustainable plastic labware.  The 73.2 kW addition combined with the existing 800 kW system brings Labcon’s annual solar production to 1.3 million Kilowatt hours.

The solar electric system addition is roof-mounted, spanning 3,935 square feet.  The system addition consists of 224 SunPower 327-watt high efficiency solar panels, powering their offices and production facilities.

Labcon recently decided to expand the facility’s solar productivity to further reduce their carbon footprint and increase their utility savings.  An industry pioneer in sustainability, Earth Friendly® is a registered Labcon trademark, a commitment to the eco-friendly culture in their products.  Today, you can also see Labcon products carry the "Made with Solar Power™" trademark.

With the new solar energy system expansion, Labcon generates enough electricity each day to power 200 average homes.  It will spare the air over 350 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating 21 million miles of driving.

About Labcon
Labcon North America is the world's leading producer of low carbon laboratory disposables and was the first to market compostable plastics for laboratories. Labcon's focus on sustainable solutions for laboratories dates to 1994 with the first low carbon products. Labcon goes significantly beyond any other refill system environmentally, with a Low Carbon footprint that redefines what it means to be sustainable.  A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 company; Labcon North America is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


Visit the SolarCraft Exhibit at the Wine Industry Expo, December 5th and Start Saving!
21 November, 2013

Stop by Booth #628 and learn how Solar Power  can reduce your operating costs and bring your business big savings. 

Solar power is now less expensive than buying power from PG&E.   

With smart financing and current incentives, you could be paying less for power than you are currently paying PG&E.  Whether you have already considered using solar power for your operation, or have not yet considered it, SolarCraft is here to help you with analysis, design, implementation, and industry PR.

SolarCraft knows solar power as an investment inside and out, having designed and installed over 25% of the systems in the North Bay wine industry and been in business over 27 years.  We also can provide efficiency measures in our analysis to explore more comprehensive energy solutions.

Stop by and sign up for a  free financial analysisof your facility.


State Public Utilities Commission Approves New Rebate for Solar Pool Heating
07 October, 2013

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the State Public Utilities Commission under the California Solar Initiative Program has just approved a rebate for qualified solar heating installations on all commercial swimming pools. 

Under this program 30% to 50% or more of the initial cost of the solar pool heating system will be refunded back. There is $80 million available on a first come first serve basis until the funds run out.

This program applies to all multi-family commercial, government, educational and non-profit swimming pools that are PG&E customers. Solar pool heating systems in single-family residential installations are not eligible to receive incentives. 

The incentive for eligible solar pool heating systems is only available to gas customers who have a final signed-off permit issued by the appropriate permitting agency on or after January 1, 2013. 

A properly sized and installed solar heating system can easily keep your pool at 78 to 84 degrees from mid-April through September, and sometimes well into October, without the use of expensive supplemental heat.

Since 1984 SolarCraft has been the North Bay industry leader in the design and installation of solar pool heating systems to commercial, governmental and institutional facilities.  They are the sole distributor of FAFCO solar water heating products in Marin and Sonoma County - the number one selling brand in the USA since 1969 and manufactured in Chico, California.


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Sweetwater
09 September, 2013

First of a Kind Community for Adults with Autism Powered by the Sun  
 
Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 51 kW solar electric and solar pool heating system at Sweetwater Spectrum community in Sonoma, CA, a residential development geared specifically for adults with autism.   The photovoltaic and solar pool heating systems will provide energy savings for its community for many decades.

The solar electric system is roof-mounted on four residential buildings and the community center.  It consists of high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 3,600 square feet. In addition, a solar heating system was installed to greatly reduce the cost of heating the pool.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates the high upfront costs.  The finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.   

Designed to LEED Gold standards, in addition to solar power the homes and community structures at Sweetwater Spectrum were constructed using durable, low-VOC building materials and finishes, solar water heating and radiant cooling/heating systems.   In fact, the community is a pilot project for the PG&E Net Zero Energy Pilot Program.


The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 73,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually.   The new solar energy system allows Sweetwater Spectrum to generate enough electricity each day to power over 12 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 20 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than a million miles of driving.

AboutSweetwater Spectrum
Sweetwater Spectrum, in the heart of downtown Sonoma, CA, is the first residential community in the nation to be geared specifically for autistic adults, providing an innovative, supportive residential community that will challenge each individual to reach his or her highest potential. 

Communal features include a therapy pool and hot tub, greenhouse, and a 2,300-square-foot activity center complete with workout equipment, art and music room, and a teaching kitchen.  The concept reinforces Sweetwater Spectrum’s mission of helping adults with autism live a “life with purpose”, both at home and in their communities.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Launches a New Website
31 July, 2013

The new SolarCraft website is now LIVE.

http://solarcraft.com/

Some notable new features of the site:

  • Installation map: Using ‘satellite’ view you can zoom in on every installation we have done (PV & Pool). 
  • Image galleries:  All have been categorized by roof mount/ground mount and residential/commercial to easily showcase each type of installation
  • Commercial case studies:   These have been categorized in a variety of ways to showcase only the type you want to look at (I.e. wineries, non-profit, ground-mount, commercial, residential, etc.)
  • Solar Hot Water

Please visit our new site!


SolarCraft Donates Solar to Sonoma Garden Park - Local Park Greenhouse Now Powered by the Sun
12 June, 2013

SolarCraft, with offices in Sonoma and Novato, recently donated and installed a
solar electric system at the Sonoma Garden Park, the six-acre working farm on 7th Street East, given to the City of Sonoma by Pauline Bond and managed by Sonoma Ecology Center.

The solar power system will generate more electricity than currently used by the facility for lighting, irrigation, and ventilation of the nursery and greenhouse. Excess production will be fed back into the local utility grid, generating a bill credit which is a potential source of future revenue for the center, as well as having additional solar capacity for the installation of several greenhouses planned for the future.

The system features micro-inverters manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma that will allow easy incremental expansion of the system in the future.

“We’re delighted to have SolarCraft’s solar installation at Sonoma Garden Park,” said Richard Dale, Executive Director of Sonoma Ecology Center. “Their donation offers a perfect example of community support where it’s needed; it helps with a key part of the Garden’s operations and saves us future expenses, and it leverages grants, additional donations, and in-kind support to help our Garden grow.”

About SonomaGarden Park
Sonoma Garden Park is a six-acre working farm, a model of sustainable agriculture, and the educational campus of Sonoma Ecology Center. Located at 19996 7th Street East in Sonoma, the Garden Park offers a beautiful, natural environment with educational opportunities for both adults and children.


SolarCraft Hires New Director of Sales & Marketing
15 May, 2013

NOVATO, CA (May 2013)— Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, a leader in photovoltaic and thermal system design and installation, is pleased to announced that Chet Stromberg has accepted the position of Director of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Stromberg’s experience in managing the sales and marketing efforts of several successful businesses will help lead SolarCraft as they continue to expand in the dynamic solar energy market.   

 Mr. Stromberg brings 25 years of direct renewable energy project development including project management, engineering services, and sales & marketing experience. Chet has personally sold, engineered and managed over 500 residential & commercial solar projects.

 After graduating with Renewable Energy Engineering from Humboldt State University, Chet volunteered his service to the US Peace Corps and served in the Cook Islands, Polynesia. Upon completion of his two year service with the Peace Corps, the Prime Minister offered Chet a position as Director of Special Project. While procuring financing and installing photovoltaic systems to the 15 atolls and Islands Chet received his second degree in Business Administration from the University of South Pacific. Chet stayed another six years refining his mastery of the Maori language and a terrifying Haka dance.

 Returning to California Chet jumped on the internet wave in the late 1990’s receiving his third degree in Digital Media Production & Computer Science. He then successfully build and managed 40 websites.

 Returning to his Renewable Energy passion Chet became the Regional Sales Manager of Silicon Valley for Real Goods then moved back to Marin and served as Director of Business Development with SunFirst! Solar.

 SolarCraftis excited to have Mr. Stromberg lead their Sales & Marketing team. Chet’s proven experience will lead with passion to uphold the core values of Quality, Integrity and Respect.

 SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Installs Solar Power System for Covenant Community Church
06 May, 2013

Novato, CA (April 2013)—Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 29.5 kW solar electric system at Covenant Community Church in Vacaville, CA.  The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for decades to come.

 “I’m really pleased that our church has taken this step to become energy independent,” said church member Toby Hanes. “It’s going to save us a lot of money over the years, which we can put to far better use for our growing congregation.  SolarCraft installed a roof-top system on my residence about a year ago, and it has worked flawlessly.”

The newly installed solar electric systems utilizes (117) ET Solar 250-watt solar panels.   Spanning over 2,050 square feet, this system is roof-mounted on concrete tile.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 40,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the church. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The new solar energy system allows Covenant Community Church to generate enough electricity each day to power 13 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 18 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1 million miles of driving.

AboutCovenant Community Church
The Covenant Community Church follows the Presbyterian faith and their vision is to meet people's needs with the transforming grace and power of Jesus Christ.  Everybody is welcome. They offer many ministries and programs for individuals and families.  Their mission is to Celebrate God, Connect with others, and Change the world.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Once Again Earns Top Honor as Marin Solar Installer
10 April, 2013

Pacific Sun readers vote SolarCraft the Best of Marin for a fourth year

Novato, CA (April 2013)SolarCraft has once again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the Marin County.  A Novato business since 1984, SolarCraft was voted the best solar installer in Marin County for the fourth, consecutive year.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.

SolarCraft’s notable Marin County projects include: Sunny Hill Services, San Anselmo; Ross School, Ross; Meadow Club, Fairfax; Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael; Hamilton Marketplace, Novato; Miss Sandie's School, Novato; Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael; Woodlands Market, Kentfield; Blake’s Auto Body, Novato and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato.


SolarCraft Helps United Cerebral Palsy Go Solar
27 February, 2013

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 71.8 kW solar electric system at WineBev Services in Napa CA, a social enterprise of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay.  The photovoltaic system will provide enormous savings for its facility for decades to come.

The solar power system is roof-mounted using a Panel Claw ballasted mounting system and consists of 252 SunTech 285-watt panels, spanning over 5,269 square feet.  The system powers two tenant offices, as well as WineBev Services, an UCP employment program for adults with disabilities that provides packaging services to many local retail applications.

SolarCraft offers unique financing options specifically for non-profits, which eliminates the high upfront costs and the finance payments are typically less than paying PG&E, so the projects are saving money immediately.   
 
"UCP of the North Bay has joined the growing number of businesses committed to the long-term environmental sustainability of  Napa County,” said Margaret Farman, Executive Director, UCP of the North Bay.  “Our business, WineBev Services, provides packaging services for the wine industry and other business partners while employing people with disabilities at market-rate wages.  WineBev is now supplied with solar energy thanks to SolarCraft, the Gasser Foundation and Sustainable Napa County.  The completion of this collaborative project marks another important milestone for our agency as we strive to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities so they may achieve a 'life without limits'."
 
The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 102,630 kilowatt hours of energy annually.   The new solar energy system allows United Cerebral Palsy to generate enough electricity each day to power over 31 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 45 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 3 million miles of driving.

AboutUnited Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay  
UCP of the North Bay is a locally run, non-profit organization.  As an affiliate of UCP serving Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties,  they provide services for children and adults with disabilities and their families living in Northern California.  In addition to Cypress School in Petaluma for ages 5-22 and recreation services, UCP operates WineBev Services and Gone For Good; UCP of the North Bay businesses that provide employment and career training for adults with disabilities.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to C&T Publishing - Sun Shines on Local Publishing House
04 October, 2012

Novato, CA (September 2012)—Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 34.5 kW solar electric system for C&T Publishing in Concord, CA.  The long- standing publishing facility can now capture the sun to power its operations – saving them thousands in utility costs every year.

 The project consists of 128 SunTech 270-watt solar panels spanning 2,540 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building.  Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load. 

The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 57,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for decades to come.

 The new solar energy system allows C&T Publishing to generate enough electricity each day to power over 17 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2 million miles of driving.

 AboutC&T Publishing    
Since its founding in 1983, C&T Publishing has become the industry leader for providing exceptional books and products to the quilting, paper craft, and fiber art markets throughout the United States and internationally. Consumers purchase their products through quilt, fabric, and craft stores; book, gift and museum shops; scrapbook and paper craft stores; and book clubs.  For more information go to: www.ctpub.com or www.ctpubblog.com.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service. www.solarcraft.com


SolarCraft Completes Solar Installation for Fort Ross Vineyard
19 September, 2012

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a solar power installation for Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery in Jenner, CA.  The newly completed tasting room is now powered by clean, renewable solar power - providing savings to the winery for decades to come.

Mounted on the steel roof of the tasting room, the system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and will reduce the winery’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

Each of the solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA.  Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 - 12%.

About Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery
Less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, Fort Ross Vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest vineyard to the ocean in all of California.  The new tasting room opening makes this the first and only vineyard tasting room along the majestic Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.  The Tasting Room will offer Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage, all made from grapes grown exclusively on the Fort Ross Vineyard Estate.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.

 

 

 


SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Altamont Apartments
25 July, 2012

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 122 kW solar electric installation for the Altamont Apartments in Rohnert Park, CA.    

All common areas, including lighting, pool, spa, elevators and a movie theater will be powered by clean, solar energy.

The project consists of 509 SunTech 240-watt solar panels spanning 9,043 square feet of roof tops on multiple buildings.   The total system is expected to generate approximately 189,760 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for years to come.

 Each of the 509 solar modules is controlled by a micro-inverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA.  Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters greatly reduce impacts of shade from nearby trees or structures and generate about 7% more power than conventional inverters. Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 - 12%.

The new solar energy system allows the Altamont Apartments to generate enough electricity each day to power over 53 average homes.  It will spare the air nearly 77 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5 million miles of driving.

 AboutAltamont Apartments    
Altamont Apartments is a four story 230-unit apartment complex designed for senior (55+) living. This complex offers many amenities including: air conditioning, pool, spa, elevators, movie theater, fitness room, party tables, cards and other games. Social activities are offered on a regular basis. These Rohnert Park Apartments are conveniently located within walking distance of: Senior Center, shopping, banking, post office, bus stop, dining and much more.

SolarCraft is one of the most trusted and experienced solar energy contractors in California.  Since 1984, this certified Green Business has been providing high quality solar electrical, solar pool heating and solar water heating services to homeowners and businesses, employing licensed and certified solar installers.  With more than 5,000 satisfied customers and over 2.5 million square feet of solar collectors installed, SolarCraft is committed to Quality Design, Quality Materials and Customer Service.

 


Medical Technology Leader’s North Bay Facility Goes Green
23 January, 2012

SolarCraft Completes Solar Energy Installation
      for Medtronic in Santa Rosa
Medical Technology Leader’s North Bay Facility Goes Green

                          
Novato, CA (December 2011)—Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently completed the design and installation of a 321 kW solar electric installation at the main Santa Rosa campus of Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. The company’s primary North Bay facility, located in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, is now partly powered by free energy from the sun.

 The new energy system offsets electric usage at the main building and the testing labs, providing an expected net-savings of approximately $1.8 million over the next 20 years. The combined, ground-mounted system utilizes 1,344 SunTech 275-watt panels and spans more than 28,100 square feet. The system will generate approximately 560,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing clean power for Medtronic’s operations and reducing the strain on the local utility grid during peak usage hours.

The system will enable Medtronic to generate enough electricity each day to power more than 186 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 250 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than 16 million miles of driving or planting 50 acres of air-filtering trees.   

 With a 25-year warranty and 30 year design life, this solar power system will provide sustainable, clean energy for decades to come.

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is committed to alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. Medtronic’s Santa Rosa-based businesses make coronary stents and aortic stent grafts, among other medical devices and technology used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.




SolarCraft is Rated Top Solar Company in the North Bay for a Second Consecutive Year
14 July, 2011

Novato, CA (2011) Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft has once again been ranked as the #1 Solar Company by the North Bay Business Journal’s list of solar companies, ranked first by last year’s North Bay solar revenues, then by North Bay employees.  North Bay Business Journal’s Lists are the definitive source of business information in the North Bay, including the largest companies in a wide range of major industries: Banking & Finance, Health Care, Construction, Wine, Technology and Real Estate.

SolarCraft is very proud to be the honored once more as the top North Bay Solar Installer.  “Number one in probably the most competitive market in the country is quite an accomplishment” notes President and Co-Founder Bill Stewart. 

In business since 1984, SolarCraft celebrates its 27th year providing renewable energy services to the North Bay.  They offer full-service solar electric, solar pool heating and solar hot water, including consulting, design, installation, financing, monitoring and maintenance.

SolarCraft’s knowledgeable and experienced representatives provide a FREE site consultation and estimate including design and wattage recommendations that are tailored to your requirements.  They handle all the paperwork to maximize current rebates and tax incentives, and offer a variety of financing packages.

SolarCraft’s notable North Bay projects include: Meadow Club Golf Course, Fairfax/ Marin Airporter, San Rafael/ M.A. Silva Corks USA/Santa Rosa, Sonoma Police Department, Sonoma/ Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park/ Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga/ Hamilton Marketplace, Novato/ Miss Sandie's School, Novato/ U.S. Coast Guard, Petaluma/ Jacuzzi Vineyards, Sonoma/ Dahl-Beck Electric, Richmond/ Dominican College, San Rafael/Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Santa Rosa/Starmont by Merryvale Vineyards, Napa/ Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic Club, Santa Rosa/ Marin Builder’s Association, San Rafael/Cline Cellars, Sonoma/Woodlands Market, Kentfield and San Marin Associates Office Building, Novato. 

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Leading Shipper & Wine Storage Facility Now Powered by the Sun
09 June, 2011

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced it has completed the design and installation of an 89.7 kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system at Wine Country Shipping in  Windsor, CA. Their facility is now fully powered by clean, solar power, saving energy and money.

The roof-mounted solar system utilizes 390 Centrosolar 230 watt panels and spans 6,831 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building.  Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load.  Each panel is controlled by an individual micro-inverter manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are soiled or partially shaded.  Micro-inverters greatly increase the overall system efficiency.

The system’s photovoltaic panels generate approximately 119,791 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing over 80% of Wine Country Shipping’s electric needs with clean, renewable energy.  The solar power produced each day is enough to power 45 average homes and spares the air nearly 79 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5.5 million miles of driving.

Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars provide shipping and storage services for over 150 wineries, helping with Tasting Room orders, Wine Clubs, Wine Writer shipments and Seasonal Mail Order Releases.   With  25,000 square feet of temperature controlled warehouse space in two separate buildings in Windsor, Wine Country Shipping and Wine Country Cellars  provides a full range of shipping and storage options for tasting rooms, retail outlets and hotels, as well as direct to consumer wine shipping and personal wine storage.

SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors in California. For more than 27 years this certified Green Business has been providing Solar Electric, Solar Pool and Solar Water Heating services including consultation, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance. SolarCraft is a full-service solar contractor, employing licensed and certified solar installers who are experts in their field. Since 1984 SolarCraft has installed more than 4,500 solar energy systems in California with over 1.3 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and eliminating the production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.


Public Works Corporation Yard Goes Green
04 May, 2011

Novato, CA — Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced today that they have completed installation of a 23.9 kW solar electric system at City of Sonoma Public Works Corporation Yard, Sonoma, CA.  This is the second major solar energy installation for the City of Sonoma that SolarCraft has been selected to install.

Over the last few years, the City of Sonoma, in an effort to demonstrate leadership in environmental responsibility, has enacted several resolutions promoting and supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, and this installataton will help the City reach its goal of  a 37.2% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from City operations. The system was financed under the federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, (CREBs) program.

The new system will reduce the City’s utility costs while reducing the load on the local utility grid. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

Each pair of the 102 solar panels is controlled by individual micro-inverters manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA.  Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are shaded, and greatly increase the overall system efficiency.

The roof-mounted system utilizes U.S. manufacturer Sharp solar panels.  They cover 1,789 square feet of the roof and also help shade and protect the building, reducing summer cooling load.  The system is expected to generate 30,434 kilowatt hours annually. This is enough electricity to power more than 12 average homes, as well as spare the air of approximately 21 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  This reduction in CO2 emissions is comparable to the prevention of 1.4 million miles of driving over the 30 year life of the system.

SolarCraft
is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors in California. For more than 27 years this certified Green Business has been providing Solar Electric, Solar Pool heating and Solar Hot Water services including consultation, design, installation, financing, monitoring and maintenance. SolarCraftis a full-service solar contractor, employing licensed and certified solar installers who are experts in their field. Since 1984 SolarCrafthas installed more than 4,500 solar energy systems in California with over 1.3 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and eliminating the production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.

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Solar Industry Leader hires to accommodate growing business
07 April, 2011

SolarCraft Hires - Expands Sales Force

NOVATO, CA — SolarCraft, a leader in solar energy system installation, announced today several new hires to their sales team to help manage their expanding business.    

James Holloway comes to SolarCraft as a solar sales consultant and customer.  After having SolarCraft install a pool heating system at his home, he was impressed with the SolarCraft approach of tailoring each system based on the needs of each client.  A background in sales, as well as a love for showing and explaining his own system, made him a perfect match for the SolarCraft team.  James has a degree in Business Management from San Francisco State.

Ted Elliott is an exciting addition to the sales team.  Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Ted recently graduated from UCSB with a degree in environmental studies. Since graduation, he worked on efficiency improvements as a property manager, installed solar systems with a local company and assisted in marketing for Solar Sonoma County, a local non-profit.  He will bring fresh enthusiasm and is excited to work closely with the sales team.

Having taken early retirement three years ago from Hewlett-Packard, where for the previous seven years he ran a $300m business covering the North Western USA, Andrew Perrins has ‘seen the solar light’ and has decided to join SolarCraft.   Helping the people of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties enjoy the considerable benefits of green, free energy from the sun, Andrew will be primarily engaged in Business Development for the company.

In addition to the sales team growth, two accounting positions were also added to assist in the day-to-day operations at SolarCraft.

SolarCraft has once again been awarded the Best of Marin by the Pacific Sun’s annual reader’s poll to identify the best businesses in the Marin County.  SolarCraft was also ranked as the #1 Solar Company by the North Bay Business Journal’s list of solar companies and earned a spot in the North Bay Biz Magazine’s Top 500 Companies in the North Bay.

In business since 1984, SolarCraft celebrates its 27th year providing renewable energy services to the North Bay.  They offer full-service solar electric, solar pool heating and solar hot water, including consulting, design, sales, installation, financing, monitoring and maintenance.


Premier Wine Cork Producer Makes a Splash with Solar
02 March, 2011

SolarCraft Completes Solar for M.A. Silva Corks, USA
  Premier Wine Cork Producer Makes a Splash with Solar

Novato, CA (February 2011)—Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced it has completed the design and installation of a 103.4 kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system at M.A. Silva Corks, USA headquarters  in Santa Rosa, CA.   The leading cork production facility is now fully powered by clean, renewable energy.

Going solar is only part of M.A. Silva Cork, USA's commitment to environmentally conscience business practices. With Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certified facilities, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations.

The system’s photovoltaic panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and will generate approximately   151,762 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing 100% of M.A. Silva Corks, USA’s electric needs with clean, solar power.  The solar power produced each day is enough to power 45 average homes. It spares the air nearly 80 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 5.4 million miles of driving.

“Using solar power to provide 100% of the energy needs for our facility further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability both in our business operation and our products,” explains Neil Foster, President and Owner of M.A. Silva Corks, USA.

The 103.4 kW photovoltaic system consists of three separate systems, powering the warehouse, production facility and offices.  The combined, roof-mounted system utilizes 376 SunTech 275 watt panels and spans 8,475 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building.  Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load.  A ProSolar Tilt racking system was utilized to position the panels at an angle to maximize energy capture from the sun.

About M.A. Silva Corks, USA

Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva Corks, USA is a leading provider of premium natural wine corks, glass and packaging to North American markets. Its certified quality-assurance program ensures that products provide unmatched visual, mechanical, and sensory characteristics along with impeccable customer service to winemakers seeking to produce the finest wine, sparkling wine, and spirits.

SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors in California. For more than 26 years this certified Green Business has been providing Solar Electric, Solar Pool and Solar Water Heating services including consultation, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance. SolarCraft is a full-service solar contractor, employing licensed and certified solar installers who are experts in their field. Since 1984 SolarCrafthas installed more than 4,500 solar energy systems in California with over 1.3 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and eliminating the production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.


SolarCraft Expands Solar for Hafner Vineyard
16 February, 2011

Alexander Valley Winery Increases Solar Production - Saves More Energy & Money  

Novato, CA (February 2011)—Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 17.3 kW solar electric installation addition at Hafner Vineyard in Healdsburg, CA.   The 17.3 kW addition combined with the existing 4.2 kW system bring Hafner’s solar production to 21.5 kW.

Hafner originally installed at 4.2 kW system in 2002 and recently decided to expand the winery’s solar productivity to further reduce their carbon footprint and increase their utility savings.

The system addition consists of 1,298 square feet of Sharp 235 watt solar panels. Each pair of panels is controlled by an individual micro-inverter manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA. Unlike more conventional solar electric systems, the micro-inverters will allow the rest of the solar modules to produce at full capacity no matter how many panels are shaded, and greatly increase the overall system efficiency. 

The system’s photovoltaic panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and will generate approximately 21,233 kilowatt hours of energy annually, offsetting the winery’s yearly energy consumption by more than 30%.  It will spare the air nearly 19 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 1.3 million miles of driving.

About Hafner Vineyard
Hafner Vineyard is a small family winery tucked away in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. For 28 years they have been making Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay only from grapes grown at their winery. Hafner wines are sold directly to patrons and to leading California restaurants, but not in any stores.

For 43 years Dick and Mary Hafner have worked together to create this family vineyard and winery.
They are small and intend to remain that way. No advertising, no phone menus, no bar codes.  Just great wine and friendly, dependable service.

SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors in California. For more than 26 years this certified Green Business has been providing Solar Electric, Solar Pool and Solar Water Heating services including consultation, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance. SolarCraft is a full-service solar contractor, employing licensed and certified solar installers who are experts in their field. Since 1984 SolarCraft has installed more than 4,500 solar energy systems in California with over 1.3 million square feet of solar collector surface area, saving customers more than $7 million annually and eliminating the production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.


30% Solar Tax Credit CASH GRANT extended for 2011!
07 February, 2011

In December, President Barack Obama signed the tax legislation that extends the US Department of the Treasury’s 1603 cash grant program for the solar industry for one year.   NOW is the time to go solar!  Harvest your own power and eliminate your utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint and protect your business from escalating energy costs.  Call today for a FREE consultation and site visit.


California Wineries: Slash Your Energy Costs and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
13 December, 2010

The latest increases in energy rates hit California's agricultural business especially hard. If you’re fed up with watching more of your profit disappear with every turn of the electric meter, now is the perfect time to go solar. It makes perfect sense for every agricultural business two ways:

  1. State and federal cash incentives make it much more affordable and provide a rapid return on investment.
  2. A properly designed system can dramatically slash your electric bill while it removes tons of greenhouse gasses from the environment.

SolarCraft, California’s most trusted name in agricultural and winery solar energy systems

SolarCraft is one of the most experienced solar energy contractors in California. For more than 26 years this certified Green Business has been providing Solar Thermal and Solar Electric services including consultation, design, installation, monitoring and maintenance. SolarCraft is a full-service solar contractor, employing licensed and certified solar installers who are experts in their field. Since 1984 SolarCraft has installed more than 4,500 solar energy systems in California saving customers more than $7 million annually and eliminating the production of more than 28,000 tons of greenhouse gases every year.

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Wineries in Napa & Sonoma Go Solar — Improve Your Ag Business Bottom Line
14 October, 2010

Reminder:
SolarCraft will Guarantee 2010 installation of your new Solar System for all Winery contracts signed in October. Thereby locking in: your 30% Federal Rebate, the current (higher) State Rebate, and the soon to expire 1603 Cash Grants.

Commercial Hot Water Rebates have been announced!
The California Solar Initiative program has just released the commercial rebate programs. Reminder – these start off at the highest incentive levels, and then the rebate amounts decrease over time. Please call SolarCraft for quotes and details.