Barham Villas: Sunshine For Everyone

Commercial Case Study

Barham Villas
San Marcos, CA


North Coast Living wanted to provide a San Marcos apartment community that could run nearly entirely off of renewable energy, save each resident on their monthly energy bill, and at the same time create a new revenue stream. Adding to the challenge of the project, the charming location’s buildings were roofed with Spanish tile. 


HES Renewables created a solar system for the community with small solar arrays spread across the roofs of 18 different buildings. The 550 kW system provides a 98% solar offset of utility consumption and incorporates IVY Energy’s energy billing software to allow the 168 individual units to treat the solar system like a small utility without transmission lines and that only delivers clean, green solar energy. 


The management at Barham Villas invested in a system that expands their ability to attract and retain residents by offering renewable energy living to renters. An additional benefit is a monthly energy bill savings of approximately 10%, while also creating a new revenue stream for the property that is expected to show a profit of over 8 million dollars over the next 25 years. 

A solar panel array on a roof with roof tiles in place to soon be reinstalled.

Providing our residents with the chance to live on clean energy in a place they love is a huge win for everyone….

From the Barham Villas Solar Information Event invitation for residents to learn more about their solar system. 

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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. 

Click here to be contacted by an HES Renewables representative, or simply dial us at 866-HES-RNEW (866-437-7639).

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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