AVID: Knowledge is Powered by the Sun

Commercial Case Study

AVID- Kearny Mesa, CA


The four-story office building that houses AVID’s San Diego headquarters was looking to lower and stabilize energy costs. The rooftop area available for solar would allow for a large system, but AVID was looking to maximize its renewable energy production at the property. 


HES Renewables designed an array composed of 277 SunPower SPR-A450-COM-MLSD panels to create a 124.65-kilowatt rooftop solar system. Looking for more green energy production, carports were designed to provide shade to employees and visitors. The solar carport structures were designed to hold 615 SunPower SPR-X21-470-COM up toward the sun to create an additional 289.05 kilowatts of production capacity. 


The property now provides shaded parking as it powers the facility. With a total estimated annual production of 628,389 kWh, the commercial solar system can offset 84.2% of utility power use. 892 total panels turn San Diego sunshine into an estimated $5,983,819 in electric bill savings over 25 years. 

As AVID empowers educators to stay in step with the best developing educational techniques, the AVID campus has remained in step with today’s increasing desire to operate in a sustainable fashion through renewable energy use. Aligned now through this solar partnership, both HES Renewables and AVID are looking ahead toward a brighter future for the next generation.

San Diego building with solar on the rooftop and solar carports in the parking lot.

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We are a San Diego-based solar energy production and energy storage installation company. We have been an energy innovator since 2001 and can handle projects from solar-only arrays to micro-grid solar and storage systems with on-site EV charging stations. 

If you’re looking into the benefits of on-site energy production, energy storage, or EV Charging capability, we’d love to speak with you. We’ll show you how to lower and stabilize energy costs, receive the maximum incentives, open new revenue streams, and gain control over one of the largest expenses of your business or commercial property. 

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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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