Petaluma Self Storage in Petaluma, Calif., has installed an 85-kilowatt solar-panel system. The roof-mounted array at 29 Case Grande Road consists of 240 solar panels that’ll produce 116,042 kilowatt hours annually. Excess power generated during the day will be banked by energy firm Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for credit toward the company’s future energy consumption. The photovoltaic-solar system is expected to save the business $25,500 annually on utility bills, according to a press release.
More than 82 metric tons of carbon dioxide that would be generated annually by the storage facility will be eliminated. This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by almost 5 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 97 acres of trees in one year, the release stated.
The system was installed by SolarCraft, an employee-owned firm that provides clean-energy solutions for homes and businesses including solar electric, solar-pool heating, and battery and energy storage. Founded 35 years ago and based in Novato, Calif., the company has more than 7,000 customers.
Petaluma Self Storage offers drive-up and interior units. The facility has controlled access, individual door alarms and fire sprinklers in every unit.