Back to Basics for a Higher Purpose: Indian Hills Camp

Commercial Case Study

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Indian Hills Camp is a non-profit endeavor that incorporates camping and outdoor activities to share Christian teachings with youth. The facility offers several experiences and educational programs, with options for overnight, one-day, or picnic events, all associated with or related to getting outside. Covering 85 acres that was once the seasonal home to bands of Kumeyaay Indians, the camp endeavored to run on clean, renewable energy as a way to lessen environmental impact as well as save on energy costs.


HES Solar designed and installed three separate solar arrays to power the facility’s many energy meters. The flagship of the build is a massive 350-panel long span array. Closer to the camp’s administration office, two ground mounts with a combined 100 additional SunPower panels provide additional electricity.

Customer Benefit

For an organization that offers a “Web of Life” class that shows, “how energy passes from the sun to Earth’s diverse organisms,” a solar array to power the camp seemed like an ideal match. The Indian Hills Camp solar system delivers an over 90% energy offset from solar; Indian Hills Camp drastically reduced its carbon footprint while taking advantage of the resource of the sunlight. With energy costs greatly reduced and also stabilized, the endeavor is able to more accurately budget resources to other expenses.

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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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