City of San Diego Solar

Energy Upgrades in the City of San Diego

Get Makello’s FREE Energy Analysis today to qualify for up to 100% incentives for Solar Power, Plug-In Vehicles, EV Charging and Energy Storage.

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The City of San Diego is eligible for up to 100% incentives for DC Level 3 and AC Level 2 EV Chargers, by a combination of CalEVIP $17M Program funds and Federal Tax Incentives. Place a pin on the map to suggest a location for future consideration.
There are communities in San Diego that could benefit from up to 100% incentives for DC Level 3 and AC Level 2 EV Chargers, by a combination of CalEVIP $17M Program funds and Federal Tax Incentives. Place a pin on the map to suggest a location for future consideration.

About City of San Diego

In San Diego communities, Makello supports non-profit organizations with grant and program funded community development.  For example, in Southeastern San Diego Chollas Creek, Makello supports Groundwork San Diego with community education at Plug-In Vehicle events, city planning committee meetings, and presentations. Makello educates staff, parents, and students about Plug-In Vehicles, Solar Power, and Energy Storage. Visit our grants page for updates about a multi-million dollar win for San Diego!

City of San Diego

San Diego is among the most gorgeous cities in the country. It is the second largest city in California and the eighth largest in the nation. It is popular for its year-round mild climate, magnificent beaches, and slew of outdoor recreation activities such as surfing, hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. International trade, military and defense activities, and an emergence as a leader in biotechnology boosts San Diego’s economy. Business development is thriving in San Diego, with many high tech companies’ headquarters here and many start-up companies setting up shop. It’s no wonder San Diego is nicknamed “America’s Finest City”!

Communities

Coastal: Barrio Logan, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, La Jolla, Mission Beach, Mountain View, Mount Hope, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Southcrest, University City

Inland: Chollas View, City Heights, Encanto, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Mission Valley, North Park, Oak Park, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley

The City of San Diego has many different kinds of communities in its boundaries. On one end of the spectrum are communities composed mostly of recent migrants who may lack necessary resources, and on the other end are some of the most wealthy communities in our country. Many of the neighborhoods in San Diego are relatively older, but there are many areas where recent development has occurred as well. The households range from family oriented households, to retirees, singles or recent college graduates starting their careers and independent life. Housing types range across old multi unit buildings, high rise apartments, single family homes, extravagant mansions, and everything in between. The zip codes in the City of San Diego are 91942, 91950, 92037, 92038, 92039, 92071, 92092, 92093, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92134, 92136, and 92199.

People

Residents in San Diego are diverse culturally, socioeconomically, and by world region of geographic origin. All residents of this area share a common affection for their environment and families, as well as a strong work ethic. They are well educated and use technology to varying degrees. In the migrant communities, the labor force tends towards hard working blue collar laborers, and women’s paid employment can be low because many women stay at home to care for children or aging parents. Many suburban homes are occupied by married couples, with or without children. They tend to be homeowners, or prospective homeowners, take pride in their homes, and usually have longer commutes to work as white collar professionals. Some of the wealthiest people in our society live in San Diego as well. Most have a post graduate degree, and many are business owners or have moved up the ranks at their jobs into consulting roles. Married couples without children tend to live in these magnificent homes.

Environment

San Diego has many areas with high pollution scores and low incomes as calculated by CalEnviroScreen, representing a population vulnerable to pollution related issues. ​​ High rates of dust and pollution particles in disadvantaged communities may increase the spread of viruses, worsening the COVID-19 crisis in communities with already low defenses. Additionally, some parts of the city lie in high fire threat districts. These environmental qualities could qualify some residents for rebates and incentives for Solar Power, Plug-In Vehicles (and EV Charging), or Energy Storage installations, lowering the cost of these installations.

Climate Equity Index

Climate Equity Index refers to the opportunity communities have to combat environmental justice and social equity concerns. Climate Equity Index varies throughout San Diego. Some areas have a very low score, so they are eligible for many government funding opportunities to help combat climate change and improve social equity.

Makello’s guest lecture presentations can help direct millions of dollars in Federal, State, and Local program funds to where it is needed most in your community. Contact us for your next company, organizational, board, or membership meeting, green initiative, or grant writing project.

City of San Diego Solar Panel Installation

San Diego may be eligible for up to 100% incentives for solar installations. For more information, see the incentives summary below.

Installation

The homes in San Diego may face unique challenges, due to the age of the electrical panel, wiring, and roof. Makello has 7 ways to install solar without roof penetrations! (5 that you can take with you when you relocate!)

Our installation training, process, and documentation ensures the highest quality workmanship. We don’t lose sleep at night when it’s raining, and with us, neither will you! Visit our Why Makello page to learn more about why we have no roof leaks.

Solar Irradiance

San Diego has excellent solar irradiance, making adoption of solar technology a wise investment, with fast payback in as little as 3 years for cash purchase, or cash-flow positive monthly loan paymentsSee how much you can save.

Adoption Rate

Solar energy adoption rates vary throughout the City of San Diego. A majority of areas have less than a 6% adoption rate. There are some areas, especially in the northern and eastern boundaries of the city that have up to a 13% adoption rate. Select areas have up to a 35% adoption rate.

Energy Independence

Many residents and business owners in San Diego are interested in utilizing technology that is eco-friendly and improves quality of life. Solar energy systems are increasingly affordable, especially after energy efficiency measures reduce use, and incentives and financing options reduce the up front cost. Installing solar energy helps reduce energy costs while creating energy independence, which is especially useful during the peak use hours, rolling brown outs, or planned power outages. ​

Incentives, Strategy, and Timing

  • Federal Tax Credit:2019: 30%, 2020: 26%, 2021: 22%, 2022: 10%. 
  • Businesses are eligible for Federal & State Depreciation, or up to 100% 1st Year Write-Off for business use.
  • SASH and SOMAH programs (Makello will not assist with these installations, but know some residences may be eligible for these programs.)
  • Avoid tariffs; hoarding and price increases affect all brands.
  • Assess inflation, interest rates, income growth, and lifestyle.
  • Technological efficiency gains are reaching the theoretical limit.
  • Average residential installed cost is $3.5/W before incentives.

Makello can help guide you to Optimal Cost Savings with a solar system right-sized for your goals and site characteristics. Contact us for your FREE Energy Analysis.

Plug-In Vehicles

San Diego is eligible for up to $17M in CalEVIP program funds for DC Fast Charging and Level 2 EV Charging.

Benefits for All

Plug-In Vehicles are a great way to show your attention to style and concern for the environment. Driving with zero greenhouse gas emissions contributes to cleaner air quality and may help lower potential pollution-related negative health impacts such as asthma, low birth weight, or complications for cardiovascular disease. Driving electric is also quieter, helping to reduce noise pollution related stressors. ​

Using public transportation also helps reduce air pollution! If you currently use or are interested in using public transportation, visit San Diego’s 5 Big Moves and MTS’s ElevateSD 2020 campaign to get ready for the clean transportation revolution.

Don’t just take our word for it, listen to Groundwork San Diego’s high school Green Team explain the benefits of Plug- In and Electric Vehicles.

44+ Models

Plug-In Vehicles come in many forms; SUV, van, truck, sedan, or motorcycle. Drive electric on Solar Power or Super-Off Peak discount utility power, for 1/3rd the cost of gas, instead of driving electric on Peak-Rate utility power for more than the cost of gas. EV and Plug-In Hybrid improved performance and no-noise driving, means more ‘Smiles Per Mile’.

HOV Sticker, Discount Parking, Tolls & Utility Rates

Perks to Plug-In Vehicle drivers include access to California HOV Lanes for single occupant vehicles, discount parking & tolls in select cities, and a quiet, peaceful drive.

Plug-In Vehicles are a fun and efficient method for traveling around town, with rebates and incentives making the vehicles an increasingly affordable option for all income levels, home owners and renters alike. ​

Discount EV (or Plug-In Hybrid) utility rates apply to the whole house. Compare SUPER OFF-PEAK discount EVTOU5 utility rate ($0.05 – $0.09/kWh) vs solar power ($0.06 – $0.08/kWh after incentives cash purchase or $0.9 – $0.14/kWh loan) vs utility power (~$0.25-$0.56/kWh; low-income and medical CARE ~$0.16-$0.3/kWh).

Up To $80,000 EV Charging Incentives

  • $17M in CalEVIP program funds
    • Proposed Level 2 Incentive Design, per connector, up to 10 connectors:
      • $5,000 standard application.
      • MUD $1,000
      • DAC $500
      • AB1550 $500
      • Rural $1,000
    • Proposed Level 3 Incentive Design, per connector, up to 6 connectors:
DC Fast Charger (DCFC)Non-Disadvantaged CommunityDisadvantaged Community/ Low Income QualifiedLCFS * waiver?
50kW+Up to $50,000; or 75%Up to $60,000; or 80%required
100kW+Up to $70,000; or 75%Up to $80,000; or 80%not required

* LCFS= low carbon fuel standard

Up To $33,500 Vehicle Incentives

Up To $9,500 Annual Savings

Makello and Groundwork San Diego can help the City of San Diego to receive Optimal Cost Savings with Plug-In Vehicle recommendations that fit your lifestyle and cost savings goals. Get your FREE Energy Analysis!

Energy Storage

San Diego is eligible for up to $100M in California SGIP Rebates. For more information, see the incentives summary below.

Resiliency and Cost Savings

Energy Storage, a.k.a. battery storage, can be a great option for San Diego residents and business owners. ‘Energy Independence‘ means that critical needs are met; life sustaining medical equipment, refrigeration, A/C, well pumps, security and technology works automatically, seamlessly, day or night, event during rolling blackouts, wildfire conditions, or planned utility shutdowns.

Check out Makello’s Mobile Energy Ecosystem – energy on the go with no need for utility power!

SGIP Rebates

There are many rebate qualifiers that offset the purchase and installation costs, especially for those in High Fire Threat Districts or Disadvantaged Communities

Rebates and incentives can cover up to 100% of gross installed cost!  Energy Storage can be used daily to increase utility cost savings.

Incentives, Strategy, and Timing

Makello can help guide you to Optimal Cost Savings with an Energy Storage system right-sized for your goals and site characteristics. Get your FREE Energy Analysis!