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Baker Electric completes solar installation at Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla

ByLinda W. Smith

Feb 23, 2022

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla, California now houses 237 solar panels, each generating 425W, which will reduce energy costs by approximately 25% over the next 30 years, or more than $1.3 million. dollars.

“Having a solar panel system at Conrad has been and is important to the La Jolla Music Society Board of Directors,” said LJMS President and CEO Todd Schultz. “It is important to us as a venue and as a participating member of this community to make every effort to minimize environmental impact. Although our primary mission is in the performing arts, there are many other ways we can work to improve the world we live in and to serve as good community partners. We are grateful to the visionary members of our Board of Directors who encouraged us to make this project a reality and provided us with the funding necessary to make it possible.

LJMS donors Raffaella and John Belanich and Bebe and Marvin Zigman spearheaded fundraising efforts with significant donations to cover the $307,000 installation cost.

“We are delighted to support the installation of the solar panel array, which in the long run will save LJMS money,” says Raffaella Belanich. “We are also happy that LJMS can do its part to reduce our environmental impact.”

Escondido’s Baker Electric won the project in May 2021, and installation began on December 13, 2021. The system was powered on on February 17 after receiving a license to operate (PTO) from SDG&E. The construction of the Conrad had to take into account the venue’s full performance schedule so that performers and audiences were not affected.


  • 237 panels, each generating 425W for a total of 100,725kWDC.
  • Signs are installed above the Baker-Baum concert hall and the JAI. Both are flat roof constructions, ideal for this type of installation.
  • Construction of the Conrad was completed in 2019. Although the solar panel was not included in the building’s original design, the infrastructure was designed to facilitate future expansion. Specifically, board member Peter Wagener encouraged the installation of internal conduit running from the roof to the building’s loading area for easy access to the electrical room. This saved countless hours during the project and allowed installation without adding ductwork to the exterior.

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