Aptera Motors: Solar Headquarters for Carlsbad’s Solar Car!

Commercial Case Study

Aptera Motors
Carlsbad, CA

CHALLENGE

Aptera is a unique solar car company that established their headquarters in Carlsbad, California. Ambitious goals were announced in 2024 to bring battery production and frame & body production to their Carlsbad facility. 

The challenges of solar powered commercial buildings are much easier to surmount than the challenges of solar powered travel. The Carlsbad building’s owner, HG Fenton, wanted to provide clean, renewable energy to the decision makers who were developing and bringing a brand new solar vehicle to the US market. 

SOLUTION

An 892-panel solar system was installed on the two-story Carlsbad building’s wide rooftop. The system’s estimated annual output of 703,284 kilowatt hours targeted the goal of providing nearly all the energy that Aptera would use each year. Ivy Energy’s unique energy billing software not only created an accurate way to provide a savings on solar-generated power to Aptera’s operations, but the nearby Carlsbad Corporate Center’s solar arrays also participate in the collective power that several tenants are able to share. 

CUSTOMER BENEFIT

The Aptera team now has locked-in savings over utility-provided energy. This also allows them to make their solar car a reality with a lowered carbon footprint of their business. The solar system brings their vehicle design philosophy to the brick and mortar facility – a drive to maximize efficiency and operate on the power provided by the sun. 

With the HES Renewables solar system, HG Fenton has provided a strong benefit to their tenant. The ability to operate on renewable energy not only fits perfectly with the mission statement of Aptera’s solar-powered vehicle group, but provides an additional retention incentive for Aptera’s employees. Combined with the additional revenue stream for the building owner, estimated to bring in a Net Operating Income of $5,700,000 over 25 years, the commercial solar project was a win-win for the forward-thinking property owners and tenants.

A building in Carlsbad, California with a commercial solar system on the roof. This is the headquarters of the Aptera solar powered car.
A shot from above of the Aptera solar car showing solar panels on the hood, roof, trunk, and even the dashboard.

“The Fusion Generator in the sky, the sun, is a renewable energy source that we will continue to utilize in every shape and form. Our mission is clear: move towards a sustainable future that empowers people around the world to get where they need to go with less impact on the planet and little need to pull from an external power source. We hope to inspire other companies to do the same, and we could not be prouder of the brighter future we are building.

Chris Anthony, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Aptera Motors

Quick Facts

A large building in the foreground with five more buildings in the background. The shot is from a drone and shows that each building has a solar system on the roof.
Two men, Aptera Co-CEOs Steve Fambro & Chris Anthony standing in a large room in front of three solar cars.
A two-story building with 892 solar panels on the rooftop forming one large commercial solar system.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.

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