NAMM Headquarters Goes Solar

NAMM_SolarPulling up to the National Association of Music Merchant’s (NAMM) Carlsbad, CA headquarters members will notice a major new addition, state-of-the-art solar panels now cover NAMM’s parking lot. Following a nearly yearlong project, NAMM has installed 714 solar panels that will provide clean energy, shade, and power vehicles. The solar installation will cut NAMM’s operational electricity costs by more than 98 per cent, while providing shade to visiting NAMM members and NAMM MUSEUM of Making Music guests.

“Reducing expenses at the industry headquarters allows us to direct more resources toward achieving our vision, mission and objectives,” says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “’Over the next two decades this solar installation will achieve our energy reduction goals, while saving the association more than a million dollars, money that can be reinvested into promoting music and music education around the world.”

The new system is designed to produce 359,453-kilowatt hours per year including a dual station car charger for those arriving at NAMM in electric vehicles.

For more information, contact NAMM: 760-438-8001,

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Music Trade. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.