CHW meets nearly 3% of President Obama’s solar energy goal for affordable housing communities
Carlsbad, CA (June 9, 2016) — On Thursday, June 9th, Community HousingWorks (CHW) celebrated the substantial contribution its San Diego communities have made toward President Obama’s goal to develop 100 megawatts of solar energy at affordable housing communities throughout the U.S.
CHW has become a leader both in San Diego and across the nation by installing 2.9 megawatts of solar energy at its affordable housing communities, working toward its commitment of adding 3.5 megawatts of solar, or 3.5% of President Obama’s 2014 Climate Action Plan goal.
“We’re very proud of the solar contributions we’ve made toward President Obama’s goal. San Diego is leading the way and CHW is leading in San Diego,” said Sue Reynolds, President and CEO of Community HousingWorks. “More importantly, we’re proud of our energy achievements because of the positive impacts they have on our environment and the people who live in our communities.”
CHW and its solar partners, Everyday Energy and SolarCity, gathered to celebrate this milestone at La Costa Paloma Apartments (1953 Dove Lane in Carlsbad) at 12:30 p.m. CHW recently completed the installation of solar power systems on the carports, community buildings and residential buildings at La Costa Paloma, with the goal of significantly reducing energy costs for residents and the property.
The celebration was part of NeighborWorks Week, a nationwide celebration of citizen engagement and neighborhood revitalization. CHW is a chartered member of NeighborWorks and is designated as a NeighborWorks Green Organization, one of over 80 leading organizations committed to leading the affordable housing industry to a more sustainable future.
CHW’s solar effort helps the low-income families who rent from Community HousingWorks, many of whom earn less than $30,000 a year, save money each month. For example, in Poway, the solar installation at CHW’s Park View Terrace community cut residents’ energy bills by half, from $35.73 a month to $15.28 a month, on average. CHW itself has saved over $10,000 a year in operating costs at Park View Terrace thanks to the solar installations, which also helps the company keep rents low for families.
“If you don’t make much money, a $100 jump in your summer electric bill could be devastating,” Reynolds said. “Solar power helps gives our residents a more predictable and affordable budget.”
Roger Quilleterio, a father of four who lives at a CHW community in Poway, said the addition of solar on his building had an immediate impact on his family.
“When we saw the savings in our electric bill, I was just blown away,” Quilleterio said. “We’re saving hundreds of dollars and we’re able to put that in our savings towards buying a house.”
Much of the credit for CHW’s success stems from its partnership with Everyday Energy and SolarCity, who together offer a unique solar service agreement that allows CHW to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs. Savings also result from a financing model that includes the California MASH program and the Federal Investment Tax Credit.
More than half of CHW’s 36 affordable communities have on-site solar power, amounting to 1,466 apartments. By the end of this year, 6 more CHW communities will receive on-site solar installations, growing the number of solar-powered apartments to 2,342.
Community HousingWorks is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2015, the NeighborWorks network helped nearly 356,000 individuals and families with affordable housing and counseling. The NeighborWorks network was founded by and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.
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About Community HousingWorks
Community HousingWorks (CHW) is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that helps people living on low wages and fixed incomes move up in the world, in San Diego and across California, by building and owning stable affordable apartment homes and providing onsite services and opportunities for residents to achieve their dreams. CHW has nearly 30 years of success developing new and renovating existing multi-family, affordable rental apartments in urban, suburban and rural communities. With nearly 3,000 rental apartments in 36 communities statewide, CHW proudly serves more than 8,000 children and adults each year. CHW and our strategic partners deliver onsite programs to give residents the knowledge, tools, and hope to achieve their goals and dreams. As a result, many adult residents are able to get out of debt, improve their credit, and start a practice of saving for the future; and youth have a safe place to learn and grow, improve reading ability, and succeed at school. CHW is an Exemplary-ranked member of the national NeighborWorks Network®, an award-winning affiliate of the National Council of La Raza, and member of the prestigious Housing Partnership Network. Visit CHW online at www.chworks.org.
SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing solar power to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.
About Everyday Energy
Everyday Energy is the leading solar provider for the multifamily affordable housing market. As part of their mission, Everyday Energy designs and installs solar energy systems for multifamily affordable housing and trains and hires veterans and affordable housing residents to help them begin careers in solar energy. Everyday Energy creates financial scenarios that allow customers to install solar at little to no out of pocket expense. Headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, Everyday Energy is responsible for creating over ten megawatts of solar energy throughout the state. For more information, visit www.EverydayEnergy.us or call 760-607-7200.