PV System installed at Pet Camp

Prevalent Power, a Renewable Energy developer was selected by Pet Camp, a San Francisco-based pet care provider, to design and install a complete solar energy solution…

Novato, California – October 24, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Prevalent Power, a Renewable Energy developer was selected by Pet Camp, a San Francisco-based pet care provider, to design and install a complete solar energy solution. Following a thorough assessment of Pet Camp’s energy usage and financial requirements, Prevalent Power determined that a grid-connected 37.5 kW solar system would reduce the company’s overall energy costs. Construction began in September and will be completed by mid-November. “When it comes to energy, we realize that every company’s situation is unique so we customize our approach for each client,” said Arno Harris, President of Prevalent Power. “For Pet Camp we started with a top-to-bottom energy usage assessment that informed our efforts on system design, engineering and financing. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for them to switch to Renewable Energy.” Harris estimates that the system, which has a 30-year lifetime, will pay for itself in seven years based on Pet Camp’s utility cost savings. The company estimates that the system will replace 30 percent of power consumption and reduce energy bills by 50 percent. “We take great pride in providing loving care to as many as 180 dogs and cats a day, but to do that we use a lot of power,” said Virginia Donohue, Pet Camp’s director. “We were committed to finding a solution that would save us money and was good for our neighborhood and the environment.” Half the project was financed from the state of California through the CPUC Self-Generation Incentive Program with an additional 25 percent of the system paid for through federal and state tax incentives. The San Francisco Community Power Cooperative (SFCPC), whose mission they said is to help residents and businesses in the Bayview, Hunter’s Point, and Potero neighborhoods reduce their energy costs and improve their environment, managed the bid process for Pet Camp. “Prevalent Power’s solar system provides Pet Camp, and the community, with a much needed way to reduce it’s dependency on locally polluting power plants,” said Steven Moss, executive director of the SFCPC.
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