Commercial Projects

Anderson Burton

Arroyo Grande, CA

Nationally integrated engineering, design and construction firm committed to environmental stewardship. Photon Brothers is proud to have helped Anderson Burton meet its sustainability goals for its main office, headquartered in Arroyo Grande, CA. With the addition of their 22 kW SunPower solar PV system, they have been able to eliminate their annual cost of electricity entirely, saving approximately $7,225 each year.

Notable Figures

Roof-mounted Type
22 KW Size
98% cost of electricity offset
5 years Return on Investment
$7,225 Annual Savings
$27,500 Year 1 Tax Incentives
$413,952 30 yr. Electricity Savings

Annual Environmental Impact

= to planting 350 trees

AAA Kindness Care Home

Santa Maria, CA

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Maria, California, the AAA Kindness Care Home is a very unique elderly care facility that provides highly trained care and specializes in nurturing joyful relationships in a small, “homey” setting. Photon Brothers is pleased to have helped owners’ Charles and Amparo Hunt, reduce the home’s overhead expenses which can be allocated in other ways to continually improve the facility and the level of care provided. The 37 kW ground-mounted solar array installed at the back of the facility offsets 100% of the electricity used at the home, and additionally offsets the usage from the neighboring fields’ irrigation pumps, which the Hunt’s lease to a local farmer.

Notable Figures

98% electricity cost offset  
Ground-mounted Type
37.2 kW Size
4.5 years Return on Investment
$15,650 Annual Savings
$43,260 Year 1 Tax Incentives

Annual Environmental Impact

reducing 63,996 lbs. CO2 previously released into the atmosphere

Advance Beverage Company

Bakersfield, CA

Advance Beverage is continually recognized as one of the outstanding Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Since 1982, the company has been annually awarded the Anheuser-Busch Ambassador Award which symbolizes the best of the best. Currently, Advance Beverage employs 150 individuals with annual sales exceeding 5 million cases is committed to excellence and leadership in the market we serve. The company and its employees actively support many local charities and strive to improve the overall quality of life in our community. The 520 kW SunPower roof ballasted array will offset 92% of the electrical costs associated with cooling large warehouse spaces, which amounts to annual savings of over $170,000.

Notable Figures

80% Electricity Usage offset  
Roof ballasted array Type
520 kW Size
2.9 years Return on Investment
$172,939 Annual Savings
$370,841 Year 1 Tax Incentives
$7,129,360 30 yr. Electricity Savings
27.16% 10 yr IRR
639.3% 30 yr. ROI

Annual Environmental Impact

planting 8,601 trees or taking 70 cars off the road, reducing 731,693 lbs of CO2 to the atmosphere annually

Chamisal Vineyards

San Luis Obispo, CA

In 1973 Chamisal became the first winery to plant vines in Edna Valley, a gamble that paved the way for one of the most revered wine regions of California. Chamisal Vineyards is fully committed to maintaining a long-term sustainable approach to managing its vineyard and facilities. As such, Chamisal has earned the comprehensive SIP (Sustainability in Practice) which is annually earned through ensuring that environmentally and socially responsible practices are maintained throughout the business. Photon Brothers is pleased to support their commitment to sustainability by installing a 100 kW roof mounted solar PV array on their winery. The project was completed in March of 2017 and financed through the California REEP grant. The system offsets nearly a third of their current electrical usage and the owners intend to install up to 400 kW in the next few years to achieve a complete electrical offset.

Notable Figures

32% Electricity Usage offset  
Roof-mounted Type
100 kW Size
4.8 years Return on Investment
$29,396 Annual Savings
$71,512 Year 1 Tax Incentives
$1,671,310 30 yr. Electricity Savings
5.34% 10 yr IRR
569% 30 yr. ROI

Annual Environmental Impact

reducing 135,459 lbs of CO2 to the atmosphere, taking 13 cars off the road or planting 1,592 trees

Shafter-Wasco Almond Hulling

Shafter, CA

Shafter-Wasco Almond Hulling is responsible for first point processing of almonds directly from the farmer, which involves hulling and shelling using heavy machinery. The hulling and shelling equipment is state-of-the-art and requires an immense amount of electrical power in the post-harvest season, costing the business over $260,000 each year. The megawatt ground-mounted solar PV system installed by Photon Brothers in early 2017, now produces 81% of the company’s electrical needs resulting in annual savings of over $210,000.

Notable Figures

81% Electricity Usage Offset  
Ground-mounted Type
1 megaWatt Size
5 years Return on Investment
$213,309 Annual Savings
$526,454 Year 1 Tax Incentives
$8,793,985 30 yr. Electricity Savings
10.4% 10 yr IRR
279% 30 yr. ROI

Annual Environmental Impact

=to planting 18,407 trees