SPG Solar Moves from Novato to Petaluma

Departure is another blow to Bel Marin Keys' industrial park. Company specializes in commercial, industrial and public sector solar installations.

Novato-based SPG Solar, a commercial solar power provider, is moving to Petaluma, taking about 70 jobs with it.

The Bel Marin Keys company, which focuses on commercial, industrial and public sector solar installations, will open a new and larger facility at 1039 N. McDowell Blvd. in January. The 25,000-square foot facility will feature a research and design facility with two testing labs, a state-of-the-art warehouse and customer center.

“This is a strategic business move for us, so we looked extensively for just the right location,” Doug May, CEO of SPG Solar, said in a statement. “Petaluma gives us the best possible combination of the right space, a strong business community, and a growing renewable energy sector.”

Being surrounded by other green companies was as important as the bigger space in SPG Solar's move. The relocation is another blow to the industrial park at Bel Marin Keys, which has seen a mini-exodus in the past six months.

“There are a lot of renewable companies in Petaluma already, so we’re excited to be located next to them,” said Marissa Muller, a director of marketing for SPG Solar.

Formed in 2001, SPG Solar has been headquartered on Leveroni Court in Bel Marin Keys and consists of parent company SPG Holding and TTi design and manufacturing. Its 125 full-time employees work in Novato plus regional offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.

Earlier this year, SPG Solar introduced its next generation of floating solar panels, redesigned to be cost competitive with ground based, single-axis tracking solar systems. "Floatovoltaics" make it possible for commercial, industrial and government users with little available rooftop or land space to float solar on water, providing energy savings, water savings and environmental benefits.

Started in 2001, SPG Solar initially focused on residential solar installation, but transitioned to commercial installations in 2007. The company develops the All Weather SunSeeker Tracker, a single-axis tracker that produces up to 25 percent more solar energy in all weather conditions.

— Novato Patch's Tracey Ruiz contributed to this report.

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Keith S. November 09, 2012 at 04:38 PM
As usual Novato loses again. At this rate the tax base will shrink and the home owners will, again, take the hit. Come on City Council, learn how other communities attract business! You don't need a $$$ study to figure it out. Try doing some exit interviews and find out why. God, this town is small thinking!
HistoryLover November 09, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Another one bites the dust. Goodbye jobs; goodbye tax revenues; goodbye tenant income, and so long for carry-over business to our restaurants and stores. Start supporting our businesses in town and start attracting new ones.
SamS November 09, 2012 at 11:36 PM
how is this the city's fault? They don't set the rental rates. They don't lease the buildings. this is the fault of the property owners in the BMK area. They let thier buildings get run down, they don't do enough modern improvements to attract good tenants. AND they don't offer competitive lease rates - so the buisnesses go to a better buliding with a better landlord. That cannot be blamed on the City.
Roger November 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The percent of land in Novato zoned for commercial is less than half the percent zoned in San Rafael or Petaluma. Our City Council could start by not proceeding to zone land near the Buck Center from commercial to residential so that more affordable housing can be built. If we have better jobs beyond clerks in Novato, then we'll need less low low-income housing.
Marilyn November 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Can totally understand why businesses are leaving town. Can totally understand why they would move to Petaluma too. Petaluma has a great community feel, has community gatherings and events all the time, the downtown is always awake with people and so is the rest of the town. Not only does the community do much with the people that live in it, but it also attracts, invites, and welcomes outsiders. More clients, more people coming in the store, more money. For some reasons our town is a bit on the quiet side and people aren't out and about much. We don't have enough events inviting the community to get together. And some we do have sometimes people don't know about them.


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