Boat Builder: ‘We Chose To Do The Right Thing’ By Going Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 04, 2016 No Comments
Categories : Projects & Contracts

Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar provider, has designed and installed a 482.98 kW rooftop solar system for Marine Group Boat Works (MGBW), a West Coast family-owned boat building and repair company.

The San Diego-based shipyard and longtime Port of San Diego tenant is expected to see an 81% reduction in its annual electricity consumed based on past and projected consumption. Projections also indicate that MGBW will save an estimated $154,196 in energy costs in the first year.

According to Baker, the system consists of 1,558 Hyundai 310 W solar modules and 14 SMA inverters. MGBW has three facilities totaling more than 1,300,000 square feet, and the rooftop solar installation is located at the company’s 35,000-square-foot facility at 1313 Bay Marine Dr. in National City, Calif.

“Our initial decision to go solar was driven primarily by our desire to be a zero-emission, low-impact boat builder,” said MGBW President Todd Roberts. “There’s no question that solar is an economic benefit, but there are many other advantages – everything from self-reliance and sustainability to doing the right thing. We chose to do the right thing, as we have in our other lines of businesses, to continue being leaders in our community.”

MGBW contracted with Baker following a nationwide search for a solar provider.

“The new solar system not only minimizes MGBW’s carbon footprint, but also provides more than $3 million in net savings over the 25-year warranted life of the solar modules,” said Scott Williams, Baker’s director of commercial solar . “We never lose sight of how renewable energy generation provides businesses with increased cashflow – freeing up capital to give them an edge in an ever-competitive environment.”

The solar installation builds on MGBW’s environmental business practices, which include reclaiming 100% of storm water runoff and eliminating any discharge into the bay. According to Baker, MGWB’s going solar also supports the goals of the Port of San Diego’s climate action plan, which calls for 10% reductions of all greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 and 25% by 2035 compared to 2006 numbers.

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