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. However, expansive facilities mean high electricity bills, so Heritage Vice President Michael Musgrave turned to a solar installation to lower the company’s operating costs.
Sustainability and environmental stewardship are important to the company and its customers. All of Heritage’s paper is recyclable, 75 percent 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,” said Musgrave.
Musgrave heard about SolarCity from a neighboring business, construction firm Mueller Nicholls, which had partnered with the company to install a 59 kW solar array and gave them high marks for professionalism. Musgrave was impressed with SolarCity’s unique, full-service approach, which includes financing, rebate administration, permit procurement, design, expert installation and even post-installation system monitoring.
“They’re professional,” Musgrave said. “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.”
SolarCity installed a 528 kW solar system on Heritage Paper’s Livermore facility, reducing the company’s electricity bill for that building significantly. SolarCity financed Heritage’s installation through its Solar Service Agreement, enabling Heritage to put zero money down for their solar system.
“With SolarCity, we’re now paying less than we previously paid for electricity from the utility,” Musgrave said. “This decision was a no-brainer for us.”