CARLSBAD, Calif. (PRWEB) October 12, 2018
Baker Electric, a full-service solar, electric and storage contractor for the Southern California area, recently installed a new 173.16 kW DC turnkey rooftop solar system for St. Patrick Catholic School, a part of the St. Patrick Catholic Community in Carlsbad, at no cost to the school. The project follows the school’s recent construction overhaul, and will provide St. Patrick with an estimated $12,985 in net savings within the first year of operation.
The solar installation became part of the renovation plan for the school, which began when permits for the school’s modular units could not be renewed with the City of Carlsbad. St. Patrick opted instead to renovate the existing facility and construct a brand-new administrative building and two-story teaching facility. Baker assisted St. Patrick with securing new construction permits for the solar system once the initial building construction was complete, and St. Patrick was harnessing clean energy in less than five months.
“We had a very tight timeline in the construction process,” said Jim Nye, Business Manager for St. Patrick Catholic School. “The timeline for the installation was through the summer months when the school was vacant, and Baker did a great job of working with the city to get the permits.”
The school, church and administrative building are now drawing clean power from the solar system. Baker helped St. Patrick design, engineer and construct the turnkey system, ensuring it will operate properly moving forward. The long-term performance guarantee and included preventative maintenance provided by the financing company provides an added layer of insurance. Monitoring the system’s production throughout the lifetime of the modules is a part of the no-cost contract.
“The one thing that I have been very impressed with is the lines of communication and the education that Baker has provided all along,” said Nye.
The solar system was financed via a power purchase agreement (PPA) and is estimated to reduce St. Patrick’s energy consumption by at least 57 percent annually. These savings will allow the school to focus more resources on other important projects that benefit its more than 450 yearly students, upholding its mission to continually provide academic excellence.
“The St. Patrick solar project is in direct alignment with our values of ‘Education is Our Business’ and championing environmental stewardship,” said Scott Williams, Vice President of Baker Electric. “The solar system is projected to provide more than $1.45 million in net savings to the school and church over the 25-year warrantied life of the solar modules. It’s great to know these funds will go toward furthering academic success for thousands of students for years to come.”
About Baker Electric
Since 1938, Baker Electric, Inc. has served San Diego and the entire Southern California area with high-quality private and commercial renewable power systems and unmatched customer service. Its dedicated teams are committed to every customer, from initial design to follow-up maintenance. Baker Electric provides comprehensive pre-construction services, coordination, planning, in-house electrical engineering, design-build and project management, and acts as both a prime and subcontractor for solar, storage, microgrid and electrical projects of any size. For more information, visit http://www.bakerelectric.com.
About St. Patrick Catholic School
St. Patrick Catholic School was established in 1962 as a part of the St. Patrick Catholic Community in Carlsbad. Its K-8 students are guided through a curriculum set by the Diocese of San Diego, participating in special programs based on religion, music, art, technology and the Spanish language. For the last 75 years the community itself has welcomed families from all backgrounds, and more than 4,500 families are currently registered with St. Patrick. For more information, visit stpaddys.org or stpatrickcarlsbad.com.