SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Vista Solar, a California commercial solar electric design and installation firm, announced that it will install a 160-kW solar system for food and wine distributor, Lettieri & Company.
“The timing was right for us to go solar, and we are excited to have Vista as our partner,” said Frank Lettieri, president of Lettieri & Company.
The 160-kW system, which will power Lettieri’s lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and freezers, will offset 99.6 percent of the company’s electricity bill and generate positive cash flow savings from day one. Tax benefits account for 70 percent of the total system cost, and the cumulative 25 year savings will total over $1.4 million.
“Lettieri & Company is a perfect candidate for solar,” said Jaymes Callinan, Vista Solar president. “Though Brisbane sees its fair share of foggy days, our engineers had no trouble designing a system that will offset their electric bill by nearly 100 percent.”
Vista Solar noted that there is a misconception that San Francisco’s fog impedes solar production. However Germany, which gets just 55 percent of the annual sun-hours San Francisco enjoys, has more than triple the number of energy-producing solar systems than the United States.
Construction will begin at Lettieri & Company later this year and take about three weeks to complete. The equipment specified includes high-efficiency Suniva modules and SMA TriPower inverters.
Publication date: 7/14/2014