Solar Builder

JUL-AUG 2018

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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30 J U LY / AU G U S T 2 0 1 8 B aker Electric Solar, a staple in the San Diego market for 80 years, has always rolled with the times. After broadening its portfolio of offerings again to include smart home solutions and advanced heat- ing and air systems, the company is rebranding itself as Baker Electric Home Energy. The new company name ref lects Baker's commitment to provide home- owners a comprehensive set of innovative products and services designed to gener- ate, control and optimize the use of their energy. "With increased concern about U.S. energy costs, many Southern California homeowners are looking to break free of their utility and attain energy indepen- dence," says Mike Teresso, president of Baker Electric Home Energy. "We now offer a range of products and services that enable individuals and families to achieve that freedom by owning and controlling their energy, saving money and creating the lifestyle perfect for the way they want to live." The integrated set of Baker Electric Home Energy products and services comprise The Baker Connected Home. Built on the company's core expertise in solar + home batteries, it includes advanced heating and air and smart home solutions. Included in the offering is expert home energy consultation, design, integration and installation. The Baker Connected Home incorporates leading home energy products from com- panies including Carrier, ChargePoint, Lutron, Nest, Panasonic and Trane. Products can be centrally managed and monitored through a smart phone, tablet or with voice assistants. SOLAR + SCHOOLS Six sites within the Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas, Calif., totaling 1 MW of solar PV that is integrated with 1.1 MWh of a behind-the-meter energy storage systems via Sharp Electronics, will save the city from wildly expensive utility bills. "California school districts face extremely challenging budgeting situations and any reduction in operational expenses can directly translate into money for teachers, books or supplies," says Shelly Morr, superintendent of SRUSD. "It is also important for our community that schools aren't impacted by events such as power outages as this disrupts not just the school day, but parents having to leave work early or scramble to make other arrangements for their children." Eighty-year-old company rebrands with smart home services SOLAR + SERVICES

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