Your Business Saves with Solar

What do commercial solar systems say about your business? Visible on your roof, a renewable energy installation tells your clients, partners, and the community at large that you are doing your part to protect the environment. This increases the value of your company in their eyes, and influences not only the way they view you, but also your products and services. Solar energy becomes the “warm” part of your business—pun intended. CAM SOLAR can help you to recognize and capitalize on the benefits, both tangible and intangible, of installing commercial solar systems.

Some of Our Recent Commercial Clients

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The cost of solar energy continues to drop.

The cost per PV watt for solar has been steadily dropping since 1998 as the total solar energy generated has continued to increase. More and more cities and states are starting to recognize and embrace the potential of solar.

Stop relying on your utility companies.

When you install commercial solar systems, you will be generating your own power and have little need for your old energy company. Another positive: the sun is always free and never runs out of energy!

Reduce your carbon footprint.

When your business goes green, you save on costs--but you also save the environment from further pollution. Solar energy is more sustainable and energy efficient.

What’s Happening to the Price of Energy?

Utility companies are just like any other company; they’re always looking for ways to increase their revenue stream. So over the next three to five years, you can expect to see increases in charges, based on quantity, time, season, weather conditions, or any number of other factors that might cause variance in the amount of energy your business uses.

On the other hand, the cost of solar energy continues to drop, as you can see in our infographic on solar energy production in the United States.

By installing commercial solar systems, you can get out from under the utility company’s thumb, producing your own energy. Fortunately for you, the sun’s price for energy never changes—it’s free. By reducing or eliminating your reliance on utility companies for energy, you free up extra resources to invest in practices that will reduce your carbon footprint and increase your bottom line.

Ready to get ‘solar-tastic?’ Call CAM Solar right now! With all of the government’s solar power incentives—such as the current federal tax rebate of 30% for commercial enterprises—along with local incentives and accelerated depreciations, there has never been a more ideal time to install a commercial solar system on your roof. CAM Solar can accurately evaluate the available space on your roof best suited for maximum solar return on your investment. The engineers at CAM Solar work hand-in-hand with your engineering and facilities manager to create the best possible solar solution to make your energy consumption costs more sustainable. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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Case Studies

Hewlett Packard. Hockley, Texas.

Efficient Schico Solar modules ground mounted on Uni-rack RackingScope: Design, Installation Oversight and Site Management For HP Data Center.

hp-logoThe CAM Solar team was selected to design a 215 kW installation for the Hewlett Packard Data Center in Hockley, Texas in January of 2010. As a Certified Master Agent for Houston-based Ontility, a renewable energy company, CAM SOLAR led this project from design to completion. The large commercial solar installation was engineered to involve the ground mounting of 980 Schuco 220 watt modules to a Unirac U-LA mounting structure. Power was fed into switchgear via back-fed breakers from two Advanced Energy PVPowered 100 kW inverters. For the final step, the grid interconnection was made at 480 V with Centerpoint Energy.

The system also used DECK monitoring for live output data that was created to be displayed in the lobby. Capturing the inherent business value of Solar as seen by the public. The monitoring hardware used was the Obvious AcquiSuite. Due to Hewlett Packard’s security concerns, the output data was integrating into the controls software of the facility, instead of utilizing the third party web based software platform.

This commercial installation was completed in only 10 weeks and included site work (grading and trenching), inverter pad foundation, and racking structural piers.

CAM SOLAR utilized their renown excellence in solar engineering and design to create a smart solution to the overcome very limited space at the site. The design of the system utilized a minimum amount of space for maximum energy harvest, while allowing for good aesthetics and high visibility for passers-by and guests.

Hopkins County Civic Center. Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Scope: Design Review and Installation of Thin Film Solar.

hopkins-county-civics-centerCAM SOLAR completed this 12.2kW roof -mounted system for a residence in the CPS service area. The system utilized Schuco MPE 185 MS-05 modules and S-5! PV Kit racking.

CAM SOLAR installed the electrical integration of a 188 kW solar system for Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. CAM SOLAR’s reputation for superior solar engineering led to being chosen as the solar installation provider for this project by general contractor, Horn Brothers Roofing of Denver, CO. This system integrated over 1400 Thin Film UniSolar laminate PV modules onto a new standing seam metal roof.

CAM SOLAR’s solar engineers chose UniSolar innovative lightweight panels to drive two Solectria Renewables PVI 95kW inverters that were pad mounted outside of the Civic Center building. The system incorporated Solectria brand combiner boxes, as well as SolrenView inverter- direct monitoring. The monitoring product allows for the system owners to track the production of their new investment, as well as provides alerts in the case of inverter errors or faults. The inverters interconnected at 480 volts to the utility grid at the building’s main 1200A switchgear using a back-fed breaker.

Due to the limited space and panel layout, the roof held five cable trays to direct the 126 home run pairs to their respective combiner boxes. Due to the high number of conductors, this required careful consideration and planning to ensure the proper pairs reached the correct combiner boxes.

Terry Schmid Cattle Ranch. St. Hedwig, Texas.

Customer was looking for a company who could help him take advantage of the Solar San Antonio incentives and help him go green. On his cattle ranch, there was a lack of available space, so CAM SOLAR killed two birds with one stone. To create the space for the necessary space for the size system wanted, they helped Terry Schmid build a new custom metal barn to accommodate the ranch’s power needs. The new building on the ranch was a barn that could accommodate 11.6 kws . Initially, Schmid set out to find a solar installer that had a real office and didn’t operate out of a truck. He visited CAM Solar’s office in a landmark building in downtown San Antonio. CAM SOLAR’s creativity and excellent references sealed the deal. The engineering and design team, led by Daniel Moyer, took an out of the box approach to arrive at the multi-purpose solution. The metal rooftop was ideal for installing Schuco Panels and a Fronius inverter. The job started two weeks earlier and finished well before the scheduled completion date. In a year of drought and record heat, the new system provided power for all the buildings on the 25 acre ranch as well as run the well for the irrigation for the cattle. With the county’s 50% incentives and federal rebates, it was a very lucrative time to go solar. And the barn serves as the ideal place to store cattle feed throughout the year.

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