H&M Clothing, San Ysidro: California Commercial Solar for a Global Company

Commercial Case Study

H&M Clothing - San Ysidro, CA


H&M is a global leader in retail fashion stores. The company puts great effort and takes great pride in doing what’s right as a company. H&M’s sustainability efforts, which cover nearly every aspect of their business, include, “Source 100% renewable electricity in our own operations by 2030…” [from their Climate Transition Plan]. This sustainability goal led to building a large commercial solar system onto its San Ysidro retail location. The fashion brand needed a solar design and installation company with a stellar reputation that could build a great system while also meeting every requirement of the outlet mall’s operations team. 


H&M engaged HES Renewables to design a 455-panel system that would maximize the San Ysidro sunshine that the H&M location receives. HES Renewables specified Silfab Solar SIL-500 HM panels to optimize the system’s budget and output goals; the San Diego solar company designed a commercial solar system that could produce 349,940 kilowatt hours annually and thereby offset 100.3% of the company’s energy use. 


The San Ysidro H&M store is now a San Diego business that operates under clean, renewable energy. The HES Renewables team ensured that H&M would receive the maximum solar incentives to California companies, which lowered up-front costs. The 227.5-kilowatt system has a short payback period of just 2.4 years. 

In a few short years the upfront costs of the solar system will be covered with electricity cost savings. Over the first 25 years the system is estimated to save the H&M store $3,968,740. This is accomplished by replacing grid-purchased energy with renewable energy generated on-site. 

The solar system allows the retail store to lower energy costs, stabilize those costs, and mitigate utility rate increases in the future. The retail shoppers might never realize that the building they are shopping in is powering that H&M store and helping the H&M brand continue to advance its ambitious sustainability efforts.

A drone shot of an H&M clothing store with a commercial solar system covering most of the rooftop.
Six arrays of commercial solar panels with twelve industrial air conditioning units on a retail building rooftop.

“We are committed to reducing our impact across our business. In our first Climate Transition Plan we set out clear and actionable plans on how we will cut emissions and achieve our climate goals. We hope it will inspire others to join us on this journey to drive positive change in our industry.” 

Daniel Ervér, CEO H&M Group, from H&M’s Climate Transition Plan

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A tall building, an H&M clothing store, with solar panels covering most of the rooftop.

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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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