Citrino Apartments: Solar Carports and Rooftop Solar Add to a New Apartment Build

Commercial Case Study

Citrino Apartments - Linda Vista, CA


With a new construction multi-family unit being built in the Linda Vista area of San Diego, the property owners wanted to maximize the return on their investment. They looked into on-site solar energy production and looked at the efficiencies gained by incorporating solar design and installation into the initial project build. 


HES Renewables was engaged to design a solar system for the apartment complex that could be installed during the initial phase of construction. Two solar system types were determined to be the optimal use of the available roof space of the building and the parking area. This solar design would provide an estimated annual production of 227,582 kilowatt hours while also bringing the added benefits of covered parking areas for the tenants. 

HES Renewables incorporated Ivy Energy’s energy share billing system to optimize the location’s return on investment by adding the additional revenue stream of selling renewable energy to tenants.


The property owners were able to begin the new apartment building with the added revenue stream of electricity sales to tenants in place. The rooftop and carport solar systems are expected to deliver an estimated $1,518,570 over the first 25 years of operation. Additionally, with more Californians looking to lower their carbon footprint and use more renewable energy, the on-site solar helps with both tenant attraction and retention. 

The San Diego solar system also delivers renewable energy benefits directly to tenants; the system is arranged to bring energy cost savings with every electric bill to every unit at the property.

A multi-family apartment building with a rooftop solar system and two carport solar systems

Contact HES Solar to learn what solar, solar + storage, and EV charging stations can do for your business. 

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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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