QuikStor Security & Software, a provider of management software and access-control products for the self-storage industry, has installed a 33,000 D.C.-watt solar-panel system at its corporate headquarters in Van Nuys, Calif. The installation is part of the company’s ongoing effort to create a completely green office and increase energy conservation, according to a press release.
The new system will cover an estimated 90 percent of the building’s electrical needs. It includes three power inverters and 132 solar panels, each measuring approximately 65 by 39 inches. Any excess electricity generated from the panels will be transmitted back to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power grid to further reduce energy expenditures. Based on the current electricity rates, the breakeven time for the system is estimated at 5.5 years, according to the company.
“The time had finally come when the technology and cost made it a feasible investment for our offices,” said company owner Dennis Levitt, who said he has been researching solar-energy applications for several years. "We are already seeing great returns and can't wait to see how the system works through the long, sun-filled days of summer.”
Since 1987, QuikStor has provided the self-storage industry with a range of products including management software, wireless door alarms, video cameras and 3D facility layouts.