How we helped our client save $230,000 on their energy bill in one year
The state-of-the-art Mary Pickford movie theater in Cathedral City, California, is a cinema with 14 screens, serving thousands of visitors each week. Their busiest hours are during the evening, which is also when energy purchased from the utility companies is now due to the new rate schedule time of use, the most expensive.
The owner knew that in order to keep his ticket prices competitive with other theaters and with streaming services like Netflix, he’d have to find a way to reduce his operational expenses. This was the most logical way for the theater to meet their profitability goals while still keeping their ticket prices attractive to customers.
After reviewing the benefits of solar with battery energy storage, and understanding the long-term financial results, he decided to work with the solar and energy experts at Aeterna Energy.
After detailed planning, Aeterna Energy developed a custom commercial solar with battery storage system that will save the theater millions in operational expenses in the years to come.
This makes Mary Pickford Theater the largest privately owned commercial solar energy with battery storage plant in the country.
Aeterna Energy developed a custom commercial solar with battery storage system for the Mary Pickford theater, which reduced their energy bills immediately and future years.
The technology includes a 620-kW roof-mounted solar system with 1000 kW/hour of battery storage, making this commercial solar power system the first of its kind in the country.
In addition to solar, Aeterna Energy took savings one step further by lowering other energy expenditures:
The results have been astounding, and will provide the theater with financial benefits for years to come. Before implementing solar with energy storage, Aeterna Energy lowered the utility bill electrical consumption by $48,000 per year by replacing old air conditioning with high efficiency A/C’s, using energy management controls, LED lighting improvements, and window tinting. Aeterna Energy then with the implementation of solar and energy storage reduced the annual utility bill by $131,307.
In the first year alone, the Mary Pickford theater saved $230,000 on their energy bill.
The savings keep on going. Using intelligent financial modeling software, it’s clear that the Mary Pickford theater will save close to $5 million in 21 years. The solar with battery storage system enables the theater to be almost fully independent from the utility grid during most of the operating hours. Considering the high temperatures of the California desert, this is both a technological and engineering accomplishment.
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