Heritage Paper Case Study

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Key Facts

Location Livermore, CA
System Size 528 kW
Installed December 2008
Estimated Savings in First Year $26,950
Projected Net-Present Value $871,185
Est.Lifetime CO2 Reduction 25,974,818 lbs.
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"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."

Michael Musgrave, Vice President, Heritage Paper Download Case Study
SolarCity Makes Switching to Solar Simple for Heritage Paper

A Better Way To Do Business, at a Lower Cost

Heritage Paper provides packaging solutions for major consumer brands such as Cliff Bar and Nordstrom, operating under a straightforward motto: "Search out our customers' needs and meet them in a superior way." That's why, when it came time to choose a solar company, Heritage executives chose SolarCity, a firm with an equal commitment to personal, professional service.

Going solar made a lot of sense to Michael Musgrave, vice president of Heritage. The packaging company's manufacturing business requires space. Heritage operates a 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Livermore, Calif., and a 150,000-square-foot distribution center in Lathrop, Calif. Spacious facilities mean high electricity bills—an operating cost Musgrave hoped solar could alleviate.

But Heritage's solar decision was driven by more than the bottom line. Sustainability and environmental stewardship are important to the company and its customers. One hundred percent of Heritage's paper is recyclable, 75 percent of its paper is post-consumer waste, and 100 percent of its scrap is recycled. Plugging into solar power with SolarCity made it possible for Heritage to strengthen its sustainability commitment while reducing costs. "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.

Musgrave liked SolarCity's personal touch. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive personally visited Heritage Paper's site to check on installation progress. "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."