FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paradise Village Retirement Community Commissions Solar and Battery Storage System,
Largest in National City
A Cost Effective, Energy Saving Solution for Senior Housing
Portland, OR – April 23, 2018 -- Generations LLC, a recognized leader in award winning retirement and assisted living lifestyle communities, announced today the installation of an expansive 527.8 kW photovoltaic (PV) solar system on its resort style independent, assisted living and memory care community, Paradise Village, in San Diego’s South Bay. Combining solar with a Behind The Meter (BTM) energy storage system, the energy enhancing project will produce approximately 1 million kWh of electricity per year, approximately 40% of the campus’ annual electricity usage. In addition, an estimated cost savings of $250,000 in both regular and peak demand usage will be provided from the hybrid solar and low-cost battery storage system.
Generations LLC and NW Photon Energy (NWPE), both of Portland, Oregon partnered on the project which has been in development for 3 years. According to Kirk Cameron, President of NW Photon Energy, a leading provider, designer and installer of turnkey PV solar systems on the West Coast, this project became viable as a result of four key factors.
The foremost was a healthy ROI with a payback of less than 5 years. Helping Paradise Village gain control of its energy expenses and eliminate rising utility increases was the second factor. Paradise Village’s qualification for a CPUC Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) rebate covered approximately 5% of the total project cost and the final factor was Generation’s 10-year refinance of a previous $82 million construction loan through Fannie Mae’s Green Rewards program – the first Green Rewards loan backed by a senior housing property. This refinance provided exceptional terms and a reduced interest rate which contributed to the aggressive ROI.
According to Chip Gabriel, President of Development for Generations LLC, the business case for solar was clear to them from both a financial and environmental sense. “With a large percentage of a residential housing community’s operating expenses originating from its energy usage, a sustainable approach to property management is crucial for the long term,” says Gabriel. “Adding solar was not only a financial decision but also one framed by the environmental impact that taking care of more than 400 residents creates.” Gabriel views solar as a sustainability enhancement that will allow the company to meet their corporate environmental stewardship goals as well as attract future residents who share their renewable energy objectives.
Generation’s commitment to solar is a continued example of their foresight and approach to property management. They have identified solar as a means to leverage underutilized roof space to improve operating efficiencies for their buildings. “Motivated by their desire to help the environment, control facility costs through attractive state incentives and innovative project financing, Generations LLC is creating a model which other senior living communities, property management firms and property owners can embrace,” says Cameron.
The next phase in Generations’ energy management plan involves identifying additional solar project opportunities. The company recently contracted a third solar system to be installed by NW Photon Energy at its Linfield Village senior living community in Temecula, California.
Paradise Village System Overview:
System General Contractor: NW Photon Energy (Portland, OR)
Solar System Installer: Horizon Solar Power (San Diego, CA)
Location: National City, CA
Layout: 394 units in seven four-story residential buildings
Array Capacity: 527.8kW
Number of Panels: 1,466
Average Annual Production: 1,000,000 kWh
Tile Roof Mounting/Racking System: Quick Rack ™ Rail-Free Mounting Systems
Flat Roof Mounting/Racking Systems: UniRac Ballast Flat Mount and Iron Ridge Attached
BTM Energy Storage System: Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group’s (Sharp ESSG’s) SmartStorage® System
SmartStorage® System Capacity: 240kW/324kWh
About NW Photon Energy
NW Photon Energy of Lake Oswego, Oregon, is an active provider, designer and installer of turnkey photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on the West Coast. They offer a full range of services in connection with the planning, development, implementation, operations and financing of commercial and utility scale solar applications. NWPE is an approved Energy Trust Trade Ally.
For more information, please contact:
Kirk Cameron, President
About Generations LLC
Generations LLC is a recognized leader in award winning retirement and assisted living lifestyle options. Generations’ senior living communities offer a variety of extended care services including independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and therapy clinics. Combined with social, spiritual, wellness, recreational and continuing education opportunities, Generations retirement communities provide enhanced living and quality of life to seniors.
Current Generations communities include Town Center Village in Portland, Oregon; CherryWood Village in Portland, Oregon; Wheatland Village in Walla Walla, Washington; Fairfield Village of Layton in Layton, Utah and Paradise Village in National City, California.
For more information, please contact:
Chip Gabriel, Principal