Nonprofits

Why Solar?

Nonprofits can benefit in many different ways by going solar. Installing solar on your nonprofit allows you to stabilize your energy costs, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, and drive publicity and donor interest.

 If you are looking for ways to save thousands of dollars in monthly utility costs, depending on the size of your nonprofit, switching to solar can make a significant difference in terms of utility costs. As an additional benefit, installing solar energy on your facility demonstrates to your donors that you’re good stewards of both your financial resources and the Earth’s resources as well.

Solar energy gives you the freedom to use electricity without having to worry about a high electric bill at the end of every month.

Taking your Nonprofit Solar

With over a decade of experience in solar system installations for thousands of homes, businesses, nonprofits, government facilities and utilities, we know how to help you improve your energy efficiency. The process of getting a solar panel installation starts with a free site assessment. We’re ready to schedule a visit with one of our solar energy consultants to conduct your free assessment and energy analysis at your earliest convenience. 

At Baker Electric Home Energy, we make the solar panel installation process as simple as possible. From the initial consultation through ownership, our five simple steps will help you gain and maintain the solar energy system that fits your nonprofit’s needs.

1. Consultation

We start by getting to know you, your facility and your power needs by asking the following questions to determine which custom solar energy system will be best for you:

  • What is your electricity usage history?
  • What are your energy goals?
  • Do you expect changes in your energy use in the future?

Then we’ll perform a location survey to analyze your facility site, roof space and orientation to the sun.

Once the above items are established, we will then schedule and perform an on-site survey at your facility location to analyze features of your facility, roof space, and orientation to the sun for optimizing your solar installation. 

2. Design & Customization

Based on our thorough consultation, our solar experts will custom design and engineer a solar energy system to meet your specific needs, discuss pricing and financing with you and what to expect next.

3. Financing

One of our solar energy consultants will walk you through how much solar panels cost. We offer a number of different financing options that you can choose from depending on your needs. 

4. Installation

Our experienced team of licensed contractors will perform a professional and clean installation, including the two-way connection between your solar system and your local utility company.

5. Maintenance

Our solar power systems are simple, yet durable, and a piece of cake to maintain. All of our systems have product and workmanship warranties, and you can trust that Baker will be around to service your system, should you need it.

 

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

System Size: 350 kW

The San Diego Food Bank went solar with Baker in order to save money on their electric bill and to positively impact their community through their reduced carbon footprint. Going solar was their final step in working towards their goal of becoming LEED certified. Their 1,400-panel system produces enough energy to power 125 family homes and will yield $120,000 in annual savings. These savings will result in 600,000 additional meals a year to San Diego’s less fortunate.

 

Jewish Federation of San Diego County

The Jewish Federation went solar with Baker and also had us install electric vehicle charges and LED lighting throughout their building to help them maximize their savings. They decided to go solar in order to save money on their electric bill and to be more energy-conscious.

 “Our electric bills run about $60,000 a year and we knew they were going to continue to increase. So we looked at solar and the Baker team came out, [and installed] over 500 panels. We installed EV chargers in the parking lot and interior lighting throughout the building. Our electric bill will soon be zero; it’s a saving of $5,000 – $6,000 a month. We’re 100 percent supported by donors, so it’s important that our donors know that we’re using their money efficiently.”  - Karen Halliday, CFO

 

First United Methodist Church

System Size: 86 kW

Baker installed a 86 kW carport solar system at First United Methodist Church in Chula Vista. The structure is comprised of over 260 SunPower panels and provides shaded parking to 26 parking spaces. The campus is primarily powered by their solar system, providing them with significant utility savings.

 

Junior Achievement of San Diego

System size: 90 kW

“We decided to go solar to save money, protect our cash flow and to be good stewards of our donor’s money.” – Martha Phillips, Project Manager

Junior Achievement went solar for two reasons. The first was to save money – their system will save them a projected $1.1 million over its lifetime. And the second was to use the system as a solar education tool for their more than 15,000 students who attend their facility, plus the thousands of teachers, parents, and visitors who pass through their location annually. Their switch to solar earned them an Energy Star Rating.

 

Interfaith Community Services

One of the programs Interfaith operates is needs-based housing options for low-income families. Their installation included solar systems for 84 multi-family housing units in both Escondido and Oceanside, some roof-mounted and some carport-mounted. The project has an estimated annual production of 179,878 kWh of energy – which is equivalent to about 65% of the multi-family housing sites’ current electric usage. The project savings are approximately $22,000 per year in electricity costs, giving them more money to put back into the community.

 

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)

System Size: 481 kW

Baker was chosen to install the roof-mounted solar PV system on this 45,000 SF LEED Platinum Research Institute Genome Laboratory located at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla.

The new construction of this PV system helped JCVI reach what they believe to be the first carbon-neutral laboratory facility in the world. All on-site electricity is generated through the PV roof system.