Santee Solar

Energy Upgrades in East County 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.

Would you like to have a 6 Month Emergency Fund right now? An “Energy Upgrades Lifeline” delivers incentives up front and pays for itself over time.

About Santee

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!

Santee

Santee is a suburban city 18 miles inland from the coast. It covers roughly 16.5 square miles and has a population of about 60,000. There is still plenty of vacant land that is being developed for residential and business use. Many residents enjoy the family oriented lifestyle away from the bustle of the city. Recreational activities include hiking, rock climbing, and biking at the various open spaces, but there are also many easily accessible shopping areas that accommodate residents’ needs. There is also a large sports development that hosts various regional tournaments and events. The Kumeyaay Native Americans have roots to this area, and some of their headquarters and casinos are in close proximity to Santee.

Communities

Santee homes are located in suburban neighborhoods with lower population densities. A large majority of homes are single family residences occupied by the homeowner(s). Only about 20% of homes are occupied by renters. Over half of the households are home to married couple families, and about 10% are single-parent families. The age of the homes is relatively older, with most being built between 1970 and 2000. Home improvement and remodeling projects are common among Santee homes. The zip codes that encompass Santee are 92071 and 92072.

People

Santee is composed mostly of families, with the average age of residents being in the mid to late 30s. Diversity and education levels are about the same as the US national average. Most households have 2 or more workers, creating a higher than average labor force participation and lower than average unemployment rate. If possible, Santee residents like to work from home, but many end up commuting to their work site. These families spend a lot of time on the road, and as a result, spend more money on car maintenance and eating out at either fast food or restaurants. They enjoy home improvement projects and watching TV.

Environment

Santee has some areas with medium 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, many parts of the area 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.

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.

Santee Solar Panel Installation

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

Installation

The homes in Santee 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

Santee 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 in Santee are estimated to be between 10% and 20% of homes having solar photovoltaic (PV) panel installations.

Energy Independence

Many residents and business owners in Santee 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

Santee 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 Santee 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

Santee 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 Santee 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!