After a month of construction, California Green Designs has finished installing a 58-kilowatt solar electric generating system on the roof of G/G Industries headquarters in Valencia.
G/G Industries manufactures and distributes Whirlpool Bath and Spa Products. It has been in business for more than 30 years; three years ago it moved into a new building in Valencia.
Although the project costs close to $380,000, G/G Industries is only paying for 25 percent. The rest will be financed by numerous state and federal incentive programs and tax credits. The system is expected to save G/G Industries $12,000 a year and is considered the most effective way to save energy and stay environmentally friendly.
Sevan Vartessian, president of California Green Designs, said the system creates pollution-free energy. Despite the high cost of installation, the money invested is recovered in less than 10 years because of savings in electricity costs, as well as rebates, Vartessian said.
The system consists of 342 Mitsubishi PV-MF170EB3 modules that convert the sun’s energy to DC current. By using Satcon Power Systems, the DC current is then converted to the AC current and regulated.
Having the panels installed on the roof allows for the panels to remain unseen. In addition, the system shades 5,000 square feet of the roof and decreases the roof’s temperature, allowing for less use of air conditioning.
To celebrate the completion of the project, a luncheon was held at G/G Industries on Friday. Graham Campbell, president of G/G Industries, said he decided to explore other energy options because of the large amount of electricity consumed by the manufacturing process.
He said he decided on the system because it is very effective and enviornmentally friendly.
Both Linda Lambourne, representative for Congressman Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and Millie Jones, deputy to Supervisor Michael D. Antonivich, said the state needs to look into energy options such as the one installed by G/G.
“It is necessary to modernize energy conservation in an effort to reduce dependency on foreign oil,?Lambourne said.
Cameron Smyth, mayor of Santa Clarita, said he is happy to see the company grow in Santa Clarita and employ “green?energy.
California Green Designs is also responsible for installing the 267-kilowatt solar system at Western Filter Corp. in Valencia. The project is one of 2004’s 10 largest commercial solar installations in that nation and saves the company $80,000 a year.