San Diego Adds Affordable Housing Solar

The California Solar Initiative (CSI), which provides solar rebates to offset the installation costs on qualifying multi-family affordable housing buildings, has gotten “boots on the roof” for a number of Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) projects in San Diego, the latest being Phase II of Hacienda Townhomes.

This is the third such installation by leading San Diego solar installer Everyday Energy in conjunction with the nonprofit San Diego Community Housing Corporation (with four more on the way). The Hacienda Townhomes installation is expected to produce about 86,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, a direct boon to low-income residents (and the nonprofit property-owner) through the reduction of electricity bills. (The installation features a virtual net metering arrangement with San Diego Gas & Electric.)

MASH

image via Everyday Solar

“The solar projects we will install this year under the MASH program will provide solar benefits to 458 low-income families,” says Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy, in a statement. Agnes Stupak, MASH program manager, calls the CSI MASH Program “a prime example of how incentives can facilitate renewable energy retrofits for all economic levels of society.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Talk about the best way to help people- not pretend like you know what they need and dont need with hand outs and charity but financing something that will keep more of the money they earn in their hands. This is something I can get behind.