Anden Townhomes: Luxuriating in the San Diego Sun

Commercial Case Study

Anden Townhomes
San Marcos, CA


Anden set out to create the next level in luxury townhomes and wanted to provide amenities that were beneficial to active lifestyles and also provided purpose to the community. The first and most beneficial project to start with was a photovoltaic solar system, and for that HES Solar was commissioned in the Fall of 2019 to design and build a series of SunPower solar panel arrays that would exceed Anden’s ambitious goals. The system was to become a main selling point to attract residents in a market where sustainability is more and more of a decision-influencing concern.


By Summer of 2020 the 1,886 panel system was energized and collecting renewable energy from the 24 separate building rooftop arrays. The solar arrays are composed of SunPower E20-330-COM commercial solar panels. SunPower modules boast the lowest degeneration rate and therefore ensure strong production for decades. Residents are able to enjoy the cost savings provided by the existing solar project without financial investment. This sustainability benefit is available to them immediately upon move-in. Other tactics Anden incorporated to address their purposeful lifestyle choices mantra include EV chargers, a recycling initiative, and smart thermostats… But the HES Solar system tops the amenities list. It seamlessly delivers renewable energy to each townhome unit.

Customer Benefit

The San Marcos commercial solar system’s final design delivers an estimated 1,142,417 kilowatt hours of power annually for the luxury living apartments. The system harnesses sunny San Diego County skies into energy cost savings. It also provides cost stabilization and allows energy cost savings for the complex management. The impressive solar system creates an option for non-owner residents to power their lifestyle with clean, green energy.

Everything at Anden was designed with purpose.

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Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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