Metropolitan Business Park: Solar Rooftops For Energetic San Diego Businesses

Commercial Case Study

Metropolitan Business Park
Mission Valley, CA


Four buildings in Mission Valley, most with multiple tenants, were producing revenue, but the bare rooftops were not being put to good use to maximize the return on the real estate investment. The property owner was looking to create an additional revenue stream without disrupting or displacing any tenants. 


HES Renewables designed and installed several rooftop arrays composed of a total of 549 panels across the roofs of the four buildings. The systems on the property create a combined estimated output of 428,386 kWh and offset utility consumption by 103%. The system delivers energy to the various tenants through Ivy Energy’s billing software. 


The solar system is set up to operate as a small, local power plant. Each tenant can now operate their business on renewable energy while the property owner bills each unit for its energy use each month. The HES Renewables system created a new revenue stream for the location that will quickly pay for itself and improve the property’s Net Operating Income for decades. 

The initial cost of the system was offset and the system immediately benefitted the property owners through incentives such as the Investment Tax Credit, California’s MACRS Depreciation, and the Federal 100% Bonus depreciation option. 

Also, as more businesses look to lower their carbon footprint, the ability to offer solar-powered office space can retain current tenants and attract new tenants if a unit becomes available. 

Solar panels on the rooftops of four San Diego buildings in a small business park.



A San Diego business park with solar on four different buildings.

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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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