NAMM Makes Economic and Ecological Strides with New Solar Installation

Newly installed solar panels will drastically cut association’s energy costs, while lightening the building’s overall environmental impact

October 26, 2015

Pulling 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%, while providing ample 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,” said 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.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.