California Green Designs' Solar Electric System Saves G/G Industries $12,000 Annually in Electric Bills

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Considering the long hot summers ahead in Southern California, G/G Industries, a leading manufacturer of Whirlpool bath and spa equipment, has installed the second largest Solar Electric System in Santa Clarita Valley, increasing protection against the impending energy crisis.

G/G Industries has joined the ranks of many other Southern California businesses by recently installing the second largest Solar Electric System in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The 58 kW system will save the Whirlpool bath and spa equipment manufacturer an estimated $12,000 a year, while decreasing their dependence on the rising price of fossil fuels.

The Solar Electric System covers 5,000 square feet of roof top directly on top of the manufacturing facility, and is completely invisible from the street. The shade provided by the 342 Mitsubishi panels, not only prolongs the roof's life, but also reduces the temperature coefficient of the roof, allowing for a more pleasant temperature inside, on the factory floor.

It took California Green Designs, Inc., a company well reputed for its innovative designs and quality installations, a month to complete the installation at G/G Industries' newly built headquarters, in Valencia, Calif. The installation created no disruptions to the regular work flow at G/G Industries, as it was mainly performed on the roof.

G/G Industries is benefiting from several State and Federal Incentive programs that made investing in a large Solar Electric System very attractive. The incentives include tax credits, accelerated equipment depreciation programs and most importantly the Self Generation Incentive Program offered through California's Privately Owned Electric Utility Companies such as Southern California Edison Co., Pacific Electric and Gas Co. and a host of others. In the case of G/G Industries, the combination of these financial incentives benefits reduced the cost of their installation by 70 percent.

“After analyzing the financial and environmental benefits of Solar Energy, we decided to add Solar Power to our facility and reap the benefits of free electricity for decades to come”, said Graham Campbell, the President of G/G Industries. “With this system, we have also protected ourselves against the inevitable increase in electric rates."

Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity emits several pollutants into the environment such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter (a.k.a. soot), and a host of toxic materials such as mercury. Solar Power, through the use of Photovoltaic (PV) modules produces free and clean electricity. Generating electricity using uranium and other radioactive materials in nuclear power plants, although may seem to be cleaner than burning fossil fuels, the waste products are radioactive and there is currently no completely safe or permanent method of disposal. With solar energy, on the other hand, no such risks apply. Solar energy is simply transformed into electrical energy.

“The G/G Industries project was completed within scheduled time and within budget,” said Sevan Varteressian, president of California Green Designs. “It takes vision to invest in one's future and G/G Industries management had that vision to act on the financial opportunities available to implement a system that is both fiscally responsible and environmentally savvy.”

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