Texas Bank Shades Parking Lot with Solar Carport

Texas Bank Goes Solar

Texas Bank Goes Solar

In 2015, Gary Cox, President of Texas State Bank in San Angelo, was interested in providing customers shaded parking from the brutal West Texas summer sun. Gary became inspired to add a solar array to the carport after noticing an installation nearby at the San Angelo Fine Arts Museum. After inquiring with the museum, Gary chose NATiVE for solar design and installation services.

Texas Bank originally proposed a small carport for eight covered parking spots. Yet, because of NATiVE’s proficiency with commercial project economics, including the leveraging of local and federal incentives, Texas Bank upgraded to a system three times larger than the original one.

The final project is a 94.8 kW solar carport that will generate approximately 140,658 kWh annually, enough electricity to power ten Texas homes. The primary solar components are 300 SolarTec 315 watt solar modules, two SMA inverters and a galvanized carport structure manufactured by S:Flex. The solar array started generating electricity in February 2016, and over the spring and summer, the bank was seeing savings of $900- $1000 a month, or about 20% of their monthly energy bill. The monthly savings are on pace to offset the entire project cost in about 10 years, which is in line with the original project cash flow projections.

American Electric Power (AEP) provided a rebate for this project, but because of the late fall project start, NATiVE had to work under a compressed construction schedule to meet the end of year incentive payment deadline. NATiVE professionally and effectively handled the logistical challenges associated with this deadline. Much of this success can be contributed to the experience of the NATiVE team with previous AEP solar installations.

Gary has been pleased with his all around experience with the NATiVE Commercial Team, from the initial sales consultation to the final project walk through and he often refers NATiVE to his customers. Because of the high visibility of the carport, Gary reports that he has at least one inquiry a day about the system. He does remind his curious customers that rooftop solar installations are generally less expensive than carport structures.

Texas State Bank and NATiVE worked together hand in hand to transform a simple parking structure into a revenue generating asset. Texas State Bank is very satisfied with the system and it’s clean energy benefits (along with the much needed summer shade)! NATiVE is looking forward to working with Texas State Bank on future projects.

***Gary Cox is more than happy to be a reference. Feel free to reach out to Gary first hand and ask him about his experience of going solar with NATiVE: GaryC@txbank.com

Texas Bank
2017-02-08T15:27:25+00:00

2 Comments

  1. Dwayne January 11, 2017 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I would have thought that what appears to be a large amount of solar panels might offset their electric bill even more. Perhaps in a cooler climate it would. Houston, Texas is pretty hot. My bet is San Angelo is too.

    • admin January 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      It is hard to tell how big this building is, but it is the headquarters of a prominent bank in San Angelo built long before modern green building and energy efficiency technologies. Their usage is very high, which is often the case with commercial buildings. The bank is very conscious about their energy footprint. Prior to installing solar, the HVAC system was upgraded, as is referenced in the article, and that also helped quite a bit.

      The important thing to remember for all solar projects is that after the system is installed, 100% of whatever the actual offset is, is now powered by free fuel from the sun. It is about doing what you can with the space and budget you have, and something is always better than nothing!

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