Solar PV has been the go-to technology for years to reduce energy bills and lower carbon emissions.
We install high-quality Solar Photovoltaic systems for both building retrofits and new construction projects. By working in close coordination with general contracting and subcontracting teams, we are able to ensure timely and cost-effective solar installations. We’re experts in labor compliance, Title 24, Fire Code, OSHA, Building & Safety requirements, as well as utility interconnections. Our leadership team has decades of experience developing and managing solar installations, and a track record of success on megawatts worth of rooftop scale solar projects in multiple jurisdictions.
We work in a rapidly changing industry, so we’re constantly on the lookout for the best technology solutions for our projects. This includes finding the best panels, inverters, optimizers, roof-top racking, and carport mounting systems. All the equipment we use conforms to industry best practices, and meets or exceeds relevant industry standards, as well as federal, state, local, and utility requirements.
Welcome to the future of solar PV technology, a complete energy management solution that’s smart enough to speak to the grid, control batteries, and even learn your energy consumption habits.
Our solar solutions are a step above the competition because we use the latest battery and energy management solutions to control every aspect of your system. We pair every solar PV array we install with our naak energy management solution hardware and software which provides an unprecedented level of control that allows you to maximize the value of solar to reduce payback period and increase ROI!
Why are we the best? In a rapidly evolving industry, experience matters as much as innovation. Our leadership team has decades of solar experience and includes some of the pioneers in the solar industry.
Promise Energy founder and CEO, Adam Boucher, has financed over 1000 installations spanning five states and a dozen utility districts, putting tens of millions of dollars to work in the clean energy economy.
Our Chief Operating Officer, Charlie Kuffner, not only worked on the original Solar Lab at Stanford University, and was a founding member of the Oakland Green Jobs Corp, but has developed over 100 MW of Solar Projects. Charlie is a licensed Professional Engineer, and General Contractor with over 20 years experience in commercial and multifamily construction, specializing in energy efficiency retrofits, and Solar PV projects.
With Promise Energy, you're in the best hands in the business.
The most effective way to improve energy efficiency in mild climates is to cut the amount of energy used to heat water. Solar Water Heating uses solar collectors and copper pipes to capture up to 80% of the daytime heat falling on your roof, and turn it into hot water for sinks, showers, and laundry.
Solar Water Heating not only saves you money, it also helps meet energy efficiency requirements for Title 24, LEED, and other green building programs. Promise Energy is one of the leading Solar Water Heating contractors in California. Our crews have decades of experience, and have installed hundreds of systems.
We’ve collected millions of dollars in rebates for customers throughout California, and one of our projects was recently selected as a “Solar Champion” by the SoCalGas company.
Energy Storage is the next exciting frontier in sustainability. To increase resiliency, get the most out of your Solar PV systems, or simply keep the lights on during an emergency, Promise Energy can integrate energy storage solutions on both new and existing projects.
All of our systems are battery ready!
We can help you determine the optimal sizing and technology option for energy storage, and understand the economic value it will bring. Energy storage can increase resiliency during power outages or emergencies by providing energy to vital systems like refrigeration, emergency lighting, internet access, and phone charging. You can also save money by shifting consumption away from peak time-of-use pricing, and reducing demand charges. Emerging programs for demand response and ancillary grid services can also help you maximize ROI.
As a Promise Energy standard, we also include a premium energy management solution called naak with every project. naak is a hardware and software system that uses AI to optimize your solar pv + battery system. naak acts like a brain – monitoring and controlling production, consumption and storage - and automating your savings. Because it can think, you're protected even when rate tariffs or consumption patterns change in the future.
The way we think about how energy is generated and consumed has rapidly shifted in the last few years. Like everything else, energy is entering the digital age. But most building owners still have difficulty accessing real-time data on building perform.
However, utilities are changing the way they bill you for power to reflect the daily strains to the grid during peak periods. Energy efficiency requirements are increasing. Energy performance benchmarking is becoming standard in real estate portfolio management. The ability to remotely control buildings during fires, floods, and blackouts is becoming more critical as we experience the increased impacts of climate change..
At Promise Energy we have years of experience dealing with these issues, and we provide the latest technology to protect your assets and maximize your returns - now and in the future.
Plug into naak, the energy cloud network
and make your energy investments unbeatable
We provide our clients with a smart energy management solution called naak, a hardware and software system that uses AI to optimize your solar pv + battery system. naak acts like a brain – monitoring and controlling production, consumption and storage - and automating your savings. Because it can think, you're protected even when rate tariffs or consumption patterns change in the future.
Buying a solar system that can't communicate with the grid, control your inverters or manage your batteries is a thing of the past. Operating a building without being able to remotely control essential loads, or have backup power for emergencies is also quickly becoming outdated.
naak is an intelligent energy management platform powered by carbonTRACK’s Smart Hub. It tracks onsite energy data - sending it to the cloud every 15 minutes using 4g cellular network. Using its proprietary AI, naak's smart management process uses this data to optimize your energy consumption and production to maximize your savings.
Your naak system can store data for up to 10 years if connectivity or power goes out – so you never lose information. And your naak dashboard can be accessed anywhere via the naak app or web, so you always have control!
How We work
Complete in-house design and engineering means we're the one stop shop for all your energy projects.
Detailed proposals show clients the long-term financial value of our solutions. And we offer both in-house and third party financing solutions to meet our clients goals.
Our professional operations team brings decades of field experience to every project with an emphasis on safety, quality, and teamwork.
Promise Energy is the leading provider of energy solutions for affordable housing in California. We’ve designed and installed solar water heating and solar PV systems for well over 10,000 units of tax-credit funded affordable housing. We work on new construction, acquisition rehab, and retrofit projects.
In the process we have become a trusted partner for leading affordable housing developers, and gained a deep understanding of the unique requirements of the affordable housing industry. We can help you answer predevelopment questions about solar feasibility and payback, and provide analysis on sustainability points for TCAC applications, Title 24 reports, and meeting LEED requirements.
Promise Energy provides design, engineering, financing, installation and service for Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Water Heating systems. We’ve completed dozens of systems for multifamily housing, both new construction and rehab projects.
We’re experts in labor compliance, Title 24, Fire Code, OSHA, Building & Safety requirements, as well as utility interconnections. We’ve pioneered solutions and best practices in Los Angeles, one of the most challenging jurisdictions in the country. We specialize in providing high performance clean energy solutions for complex projects on tight schedules.
With energy costs on the rise, and state and local agencies increasing requirements for energy efficiency and solar, commercial and industrial facilities are rapidly adopting smarter energy solutions. Even in situations where tenants pay utilities, owners can gain market advantage by reducing energy costs, and increasing reliability of power supply for uninterrupted business operations.
Promise Energy can help create and control your energy future, increase income, and maximize the dollars you spend on energy.
Mandatory Time-Of-Use means CA now pays some of the highest electricity rates in the world! That also means you stand to gain the most by installing solar + batteries + energy management.
When Promise begins your project, we look at your energy consumption patterns, analyze your rate tariff and then design the best solutions to meet or exceed your organization’s goals.
By changing and increasing electric rates utilities are trying to throw you shade... throw them solar!
First, we discuss your organization's goals, timeline, and resources to determine the best combination of technologies and services for each project. Typically, a 30-minute phone call is the best place to start.
Next, we analyze your building’s size, shape, and energy consumption patterns to understand your energy ecosystem. Our in-house engineering and design teams map out opportunities by analyzing solar potential, along with structural and electrical details of your project. Our utility analysts gather your electric bills, download project interval data from the utility, and assess rebates and incentives.
After we determine the best solution for your project, our financial experts create a custom proposal to meet your goals and give you the greatest long-term value and control over your energy. This is when we will have a face-to-face meeting with all the decision makers to review the design and address any questions you may have.
Our in-house operations and installation teams are leaders in the industry, some with over 25 years of individual experience. With an emphasis on safety, quality, and teamwork, your project is in the best hands. Installations can take several weeks or more, and we work with you to plan each part of the project to respect the needs of your residents or business.
Once we turn on your system, your savings start immediately! Your systems are designed to produce for over 25 years - that's one clean, smart, healthy future!
Adam began his solar career 10 years ago by pioneering a clean energy financing practice for distributed rooftop solar projects. He has provided tens of millions in funding for commercial and residential projects spanning 5 states. Adam has worked with a wide array of partners to bring solar to projects as diverse as homes in Louisiana, schools in Arizona, firehouses in New Jersey, and homeless shelters in Los
Angeles. Building on a strong personal commitment to philanthropic and socially responsible enterprises, Adam and his team specialize in delivering clean energy to affordable housing and nonprofit groups, as well as municipal agencies, school campuses and commercial clients.
Financed largest commercial PV project in Los Angeles in 2010
pecializes in Solar Solutions for Commercial & Multifamily
Served over 11,000 Units of Multifamily Affordable Housing
Pioneered solar financing under Federal 1603 Grant program
Pioneered solar financing under Federal 1603 Grant program
Funded over 1000 clean energy projects nationwide
Pioneered Solar Thermal Finance Program in California
Collected over $4M in MASH rebates for affordable housing customers
Managed Construction of $20 Billion in Commercial &
Multifamily Real Estate
28 Yrs Experience with Swinerton Builders General
Contractor & Construction Management
Built over 5000 Multifamily Units
Led First LEED Gold Existing Building Retrofit in the Nation
Led Team of over 300 LEED Professionals
Recognized as one of Top 5 GREEN Contractors in the US
by Engineering News Record
Founding Member of the Oakland Green Jobs Corp
Lecturer in Construction Management at Stanford University
As Chief Operations Officer for Promise Energy, Charlie Kuffner brings decades of experience in construction and solar development to every project. He oversees engineering, design, equipment procurement, contract bidding, negotiations, and construction management for commercial solar photovoltaic and solar water heating projects. In his current role, Charlie has provided solar design, engineering, and contracting services for over 10,000 units of multifamily affordable housing, as well as municipal and commercial clients.
Spreadsheet wizard with broad financial expertise and experience, spanning corporate financial
management, community economic development, and renewable energy finance. Derek is the
primary financial manager and transaction specialist for the company. He develops financial
models and Energy Service Agreements that incorporate energy efficiency measures, solar PV
and thermal, and energy storage. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San
Diego State University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
As VP of Strategic Development for Promise Energy, Andy leads a team that helps clients make smarter, healthier, more profitable projects by financing, designing, and installing sustainable
solutions. In collaboration with many green building teams, architects, and energy modelers, Andy has designed solar systems for dozens of LEED and Zero Net Energy projects serving thousands of units of multifamily housing.
Specializes in Solar Solutions for Commercial & Multifamily
Served over 11,000 Units of Multifamily Affordable Housing
10 Years experience in Strategic Sustainability & Communication
Solar Design for LEED & Net Zero Energy Projects
Frequent Speaker on Sustainability & Energy Efficiency for Affordable Housing
Former Member of Advisory Council on Sustainable
Building Methods to CA Tax Credit Allocation Committee
Takes the edge off solar by managing our permitting and engineering process. Oversees project engineers and works closely with city Building & Safety, Electrical, Fire, Plumbing, and Mechanical departments. Was born and raised in SF and cares deeply about team health; his three daughters; and the people and planet we all share.
As one of the original members of the promise team, he has been responsible for project management since the beginning. Prior to Promise he worked with brother and CEO Adam financing solar projects. Now he manages the field crews, project sites, and installations of solar photovoltaic and hot water systems. He knows your solar inside and out!
Los Angeles plugs in the largest solar array on a Convention Center owned by a municipality
Starting in October 2017, the six-month project included the construction of 6,228 panels at 355 watts each. The new array is projected to generate 3.4 million kilowatt hours per year that equates to 17 percent of the LACC’s annual energy usage. This amount of electricity produced can power 565 homes in Los Angeles.
The project will reduce the LACC’s carbon footprint by 2,554 metric tons per year. To give perspective, this is the equivalent to removing 2,794,396 pounds of coal from being burned or planting 66,192 trees.
Promise Energy collaborated with award-winning architect Angie Brooks of Brooks+Scarpa on the solar design for The Six Apartments. This project, by developer Skid Row Housing Trust provides permanent supportive housing to veterans experiencing homelessness.
“The Six” refers to military slang for “I’ve got your back”, and this stunning project is an amazing example of how supportive housing can change lives.
“Reducing overall energy consumption lowers the development's environmental footprint and creates operational benefits by reducing the ongoing utility costs. This in turn allows the Trust to increase the amount of services we can offer to residents at the Six.”
Dana Trujillo, Chief Real Estate Officer at the Trust.
Promise Energy designed and installed a 16 collector solar water heating system that offset 2,150 therms of natural gas annually, saving money and reducing pollution equivalent to the CO2 emissions from burning 12,000 pounds of coal a year. This project received its LEED Platinum Certification from the US Green Building Council.
Villa Rita is a great showcase project because it shows how Promise can install complex systems in tight spaces and provide additional benfits to the residents, such as, covered parking and lighting. This 199kW system produces about 240,000kWh per year, and is estimated to produce about 5,600,000kWh over its lifetime - to produce the equivilant energy it would take 4,559,754lbs of coal! Below is a drone flyover of the project, be sure to share the video!
First zero net energy multifamily affordable housing in LA
Promise Energy designed and installed a 127 kW solar photovoltaic system for Silver Star Apartments, owned and developed by nonprofit developer: A Community of Friends. Along with the solar, we installed a battery storage system and an advanced energy monitoring and management platform to help this project meet its sustainability goals.
Silver Star was awarded Project of the Year at the 2017 Sustainable Innovation Awards hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
It also received the Housing Award and the Sustainability Award at the Los Angeles Business Council’s 2018 LA Architectural Awards.
This 49 unit affordable housing development will provide housing and supportive services for formerly homeless Veterans. In addition, this completely solar powered building is LEED Platinum and Energy Star Homes certified.
Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bus Maintenance and CNG Fueling Facility
391kW Design Service
Promise Energy was engaged by Gonzalez-Goodale architects to assist the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering in preparing complete Design Engineering documents for a 391 KW photovoltaic (PV) solar system at the new Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bus Maintenance and CNG Fueling Facility located in the downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Union Station. This complicated project involves three types of solar arrays including on the roof of the proposed Bus Maintenance and Operations Building; carport arrays over the top deck of the two-level Parking Structure; as well as solar canopies over the bus service and bus vaulting area.
Our expanded design will result in the facility being “Net Zero Energy” – a first for LADOT.
Promise Energy was able to expand the proposed system size to provide nearly five (5) times more PV panels for the project because of our expertise in rooftop-scale solar design. Additionally, we were able to dramatically reduce the project’s structural engineering budget with the use of innovative “busport” solar arrays which saved the project millions of dollars compared to the initial proposed design.
Based on the significant results we accomplished during the Design Phase of the project, Promise Energy was also engaged to provide Construction Management services for the project. Our Construction Management services include: preparing and reviewing bid documents; responding to RFI’s; approving installer shop drawings and submittals; overseeing installation; and system commissioning and performance verification.