San Diego Affordable Housing Gets Solar

In good news for both the cost of living and solar power in San Diego, Community HousingWorks (CHW), a local affordable housing developer, and HelioPower have announced the  completion of the first Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Track 2 grant project in California: a solar installation at Las Serenas, a 108-unit affordable housing community.

This installation is expected to offset an average 20% of residents’ annual electricity bills. (Additional green improvements, funded through a grant from NeighborWorks America, are also expected to help in lowering those utility bills while reducing the development’s carbon footprint overall.)

Las Serenas solar panels

image via HelioPower

Las Serenas, located at4352 Delta Street, now boasts a 67.5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will be tied into the local smart grid via Virtual Net Metering. It is expected to save each tenant over $100 in annual electricity expenses.

The Las Serenas solar installation follows hot on the heels of San Diego’s Ten Fifty, the city’s tallest LEED certified affordable housing complex, which also makes use of rooftop solar to cut utility costs for residents.

Prospective tenants for Las Serenas are encouraged to contact CHW to see if there is currently space available — or on the waiting list — for an apartment.

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.

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