Sonic Manufacturing

Zero Net Energy Manufacturing
  • Solar Systems,
  • Lighting,
  • Windows,
  • HVAC Systems,
  • Roofing

As the largest electronic manufacturing services factory in Silicon Valley, Sonic Manufacturing, had a mission to reduce their carbon footprint. The owner of the building was also motivated to reduce the building’s carbon emissions as well as renew Sonic’s lease and increase the property’s value.

By reducing their total usage through reducing the lighting and cooling loads we were able to create a baseline of energy usage that could be fully offset by rooftop and solar carports. We then reviewed several designs with the owner and Sonic’s financial team to determine the optimum size and layout to fit in the limited space to find one that met everyone’s needs. According to the Living Futures Institute, this will be the first retrofitted NZE manufacturing building in the country.

  • Rooftop+Carport Solar

    The rooftop and carport systems were installed in phases in order to get Sonic grandfathered into the utilities time of use structure which was being closed off to large commercial customers.

  • LED Lighting

    Retrofitting the existing high bay and office lighting saved over $50,000 in electricity and reduced cooling costs as well as improved working conditions for those on the factory floor.

  • HVAC Upgrades

    Three of the rooftop HVAC units had surpassed their useful life and were putting strain on the other eleven units. Replacing them improved comfort levels for all and extended the useful life of the remaining units.

$334,669

ANNUAL SAVINGS FROM SOLAR

$97,973

ANNUAL SAVINGS FROM EFFICIENCIES

$5.25

ANNUAL SAVINGS PER SQUARE FOOT

82,408 SqFt

BUILDING SIZE

4 YEARS

SIMPLE PAYBACK

The
Benefits

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1,030 kW TOTAL SOLAR
Saves 2.5 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually
LOW-E WINDOW FILM
Blocks heat & harmful UV rays and allows employees to enjoy the employee lounge while reducing thermal load on the building and decreases the need for air conditioning.
Upgraded LED Lighting
Designed for employees working on detailed projects on the factory floor, new lighting creates more visibility while significantly reducing energy costs.
Increased Building Value
$6 million additional value to the property through capitalized rent
Mynt is the only contractor that does all aspects of the energy efficiency. They do the solar install, energy efficiency upgrades, engineering, costing, contracting and the maintenance afterwards. I have a single source to go to for all aspects of the project and at the same time they ended up being significantly more cost effective than contractors we have used in the past.
KEVIN BATES, PRESIDENT/OWNER, SHARP DEVELOPMENT COMPANY INC