Solar Builder

JAN-FEB 2019

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 11 Power to the People In addition to all new residential prop- erties under three stories falling under the new 2019 Energy Efficiency Building Standards, AB 802 also takes effect this June, which requires all California multi- family building owners to disclose their properties' energy usage to reveal their level of Title 24 compliance. Plus, people want it. A survey of 2,800 apartment resi- dents — three in five of them under the age of 34 — found that 84 percent of ten- ants say that living in an eco-friendly building is important to them, and nearly two-thirds would pay more to live in a green community. Leveraging solar energy will be a criti- cal component in compliance strategies. Commercial solar financing provider SDC Energy launched a new program with Baja Construction and Grid Technologies to specifically empower apartment build- ers and owners in this new world. This "Powering Title 24" program combines solar carports, virtual net-metering soft- ware and tax-enabled financing to create compliant, energy-efficient properties while reducing construction costs. "Powering Title 24 turns compliance into profits," said Charles Schaffer, CEO of SDC Energy. "Solar carports generate tax credits and accelerated depreciation benefits that offset all of their construc- tion costs. Working with our partners, we can build PV-powered carports essentially for free while creating a new revenue stream for multi-tenant property owners." After installation, Powering Title 24 makes sure that the project's electricity is distributed efficiently. "Our energy moni- toring system leverages virtual net meter- ing to create a passive revenue stream for building owners," explained Dover Janis, co-founder and CEO of Grid Technologies. "Owners gain from the sale of solar while tenants save 5 to 10 percent on their utility bills. Plus, adding solar boosts property values up to two and a half times the cost of the installation." "California's solar mandate shines new light on the value of building green com- munities," said Brandon Morford, CEO of Baja Construction. "Because we already build 70 percent of all multi-family car- ports in California and lead carport man- ufacturing in the solar industry, we can quickly supply builders with a very cost- effective solution." This SDC Energy program is tailored to multifamily compliance, profitability IN THE NEWS ▲ Carport project at Metro Gateway in Riverside, Calif. Photo via Baja Construction.

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