“This installation required extreme logistical preparation,” says Nate Villarreal, Construction Manager for Vista Solar. “On these types of projects, experience is your best friend – we knew what to prep for and how, so that we were able to stick to budget and timeline without disrupting the customer’s business.”


First World Asian Trading has been a family-owned and operated business for over 30 years. With long-term goals of financial sustainability in mind, First World reached out to Vista Solar in early 2014. Vista Solar is well known to First World as an expert in working with food distributors. As well as their specific electric rates and energy consumption patterns. In partnership, adding solar to their 110,000 square foot facility came to reality.


The solar system design and installation by Vista Solar offsets the company’s electric bill by 99 percent, saving over $80,000 in the first year alone, with an estimated 25 year savings of over $2.7 million. The system expects to pay back in 3.5 years, and generates over 400,400 kilowatt hours of clean energy each year. In addition, 70% of the total cost of the system subsidizes through tax incentives.


Vista Solar overcame several site challenges to complete the installation within a tight time frame. Simple logistics such as equipment deliveries and staging, requires extreme detailed planning. Due to lack of space on both the roof and road surrounding the building, orchestrating all parties took full effort on Vista’s team.


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