Guardian Angels Catholic Church

Project Overview:

Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Santee California requested that Absolutely Electric Inc provide a holistic solution energy efficiency solution to the campus, which includes a worship sanctuary, a Parsonage, meeting and administration facilities, and a Preschool. AE and GACC Members Steve Bollerman, Joe Zuniga, and Elda Woodson identified a lighting and controls retrofit opportunity as well as candidacy for a Photovoltaic (Solar Power) System. Using third party Utility rebates and Incentives, AE designed and installed a new lighting system, at a discounted cost to GACC. A few months later AE followed up with the design and construction of a Solar Power System sized to the reduced energy load. These steps, along with AE guidance to the proper Utility tariff an have resulted in SCUMC becoming a Net Zero Energy House of Worship.

Project Highlights:

  • 30% of GACC energy usage was reduced with a LED Lighting Retrofit.
  • 100% of GACC’s remaining energy usage is
    Solar Power
  • 42kWDC Solar System
  • Uses Hyundai and SolarEdge
    Panels and Inverters.
  • 81,000kWh generated or offset annually.
  • Offsets 41 metric tons of CO2 annually
  • Equal to 10 homes annual electrical use
  • Equal to 2048 trees’ ability to process CO2
  • Designed & Built by Absolutely Electric in 2016.

We, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Santee, were looking for a reliable and honest solar company to work with in an effort to reduce our ever increasing electric bills.

We received bids and spoke with 4 companies, but ultimately went with Absolutely Electric and are extremely pleased with your work and the outcome.  Your knowledge of the product, ability to explain every step of the process involved and what to expect, your willingness to work with everyone and make sure we were happy sold us.

You laid out a most efficient lighting plan for the parish parking lots which made a tremendous difference in safety for our parishioners and guests.  In addition, we now have more light in the church, our halls, meeting rooms, offices and are spending less.

Travis Nixon and Earl Mohler, were very hands on throughout the project, took time to show us how to check our system to make sure everything was working, spot any problems (which we have not had) and worked with us and SDG&E to make sure we were in the correct billing rate.

You always responded to our queries promptly and never made us feel it was an imposition.  We are very happy with your work, the amount of electricity we’re saving and the money.

If we were to start this process over again, we would definitely go with Absolutely Electric!

Elda Woodson
Parish Bookkeeper, Guardian Angels Catholic Church