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2017-07-17 Print

Scudder Solar and The Salinas Rodeo Complete A Solar Project Expected To Save Over One Million Dollars

Scudder Solar Built and Developed the System that is Expected to Offset 90% of the Energy Costs at the California Rodeo Salinas Sports Complex


MONTEREY, CALIF. – Scudder Solar Energy Systems working along side sister company Scudder Roofing, has installed a 268 kW PV solar project at the Salinas Sports Complex Rodeo Grounds that will provide energy to the office complex as well as their famous rodeo arena and will help to offset 90 percent of the non-profit’s total energy bill costs. The 25-year financial analysis predicts a savings of over one million dollars and it took seven weeks to design, engineer and install the new system.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Salinas Rodeo and bring state of the art solar technology and significant cost-savings to a non-profit in our community. Our team is passionate about what we do and we’re very excited to be part of something so beneficial for our environment and the economy, said Pete Scudder, President of Scudder Solar Energy Systems.

With a metal panel roof 80 feet above the ground on this project, it was vital to have seamless teamwork between Scudder’s two companies (roofing and solar). “We have a distinct advantage being able to work with our sister roofing company on a challenging project like this,” said Mark Jacobi, partner and CEO/General Manager at Scudder Solar. “The combined expertise and knowledge allows us to effectively and safely install a specialty solar system like the rodeo project, as well as have a deep understanding of any issues associated with proper integration of the panels.”

The solar system installed at the Salinas Sports Complex is grid tied and uses SunPower solar panels along with SolarEdge inverters installed on the west-facing roof of the rodeo grandstand. The California Rodeo Salinas was interested in how solar could benefit their organization, but as a non-profit, they were unable to take advantage of tax incentives which can offer significant savings. The project was also complex with multiple electric meters totaling 134,000.000 annually.

Scudder Solar used every resource available and provided the non-profit with a zero-down financing option which is estimated to save the association thousands of dollars the first year and over one million dollars throughout the next 25 years with an approximate annual bill brought down to 6,000.00. The new system will reduce the Sports Complex’s CO2 footprint by 200,955 lbs. or a little over 91 metric tons per year, making a significant impact.

“As a not-for-profit organization, the California Rodeo Association is always looking for ways to decrease expenses at the Salinas Sports Complex. Installing solar panels will reduce our monthly bills, ultimately allowing us to donate more money to our local community, and also make the facility more eco-friendly,” said Jim Slaten, General Manager at the California Rodeo Salinas.

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About Scudder Solar Energy Systems

Scudder Solar Energy Systems, based in Marina, CA, is one of the leading solar energy contractors serving Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. A licensed California electrical/solar contractor as well as a licensed roofing contractor, each Scudder project is designed, engineered and installed with the utmost care and skill by dedicated solar professionals who strive to meet individual needs and aesthetics on every project they complete. Scudder Solar offers sustainable and cost-effective solar solutions no matter how big or small the project for homes or businesses as well as a wide variety of solar financing options. The name Scudder has been synonymous with quality craftsmanship and superior service for 35 years. For more information, please visit or call 831-384-3900.

About The Salinas Rodeo

The California Rodeo Association is a not for profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. They support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of their facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns almost $300,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100.

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