A Better Way To Do Business, at a Lower Cost
Heritage Paper provides packaging solutions for major consumer brands such as Clif Bar and Nordstrom. The company operates a 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Livermore, California, and a 150,000-square-foot distribution center in Lathrop, California. Spacious facilities mean high electricity bills, and Heritage Vice President Michael Musgrave turned to solar power to lower the company’s operating costs.
Sustainability and environmental stewardship are important to the company and its customers. 100 percent of Heritage’s paper is recyclable, 75 percent of its paper is post-consumer waste, and 100 percent of its scrap is recycled. “We want to be as green a company as we can possibly be,” says Musgrave.
The Personal Touch
Musgrave heard about SolarCity from a neighboring business, construction firm Mueller Nicholls, which tapped SolarCity to install a 59 kW solar array in the spring of 2008 and gave the company high marks for professionalism. Musgrave was himself impressed with SolarCity’s unique, full service approach, which includes financing, rebate administration, permit procurement, design, expert installation and even system monitoring after installation.
“They’re professional. SolarCity takes care of everything, even financing, and that made the decision easy for us. There were no unknowns with SolarCity—what you see is what you get.”
Cleaner Power for Less Money, a "No-Brainer"
SolarCity installed a 528 kW solar system on Heritage Paper’s Livermore facility, reducing the company’s electricity bill for that building by 90 percent. SolarCity financed Heritage’s installation through its Power Purchase Agreement, allowing the company to put zero money down, and pay less for clean solar power than it previously paid for electricity from the power company.
“With SolarCity’s Power Purchase Agreement, we’re paying less for clean solar power than we previously paid for electricity from the utility. This decision was a no-brainer for us.”