White House recognizes Community HousingWorks and Everyday Energy for contributions toward national affordable housing solar energy goal
San Diego, Calif. (July 26, 2016) — The White House last week identified Community HousingWorks (CHW) as a key partner in helping to achieve President Barack Obama’s new goal to bring 1 gigawatt of solar energy to low- and moderate-income families by 2020.
CHW — a San Diego-based, nonprofit affordable housing developer — has committed to install 3.5 megawatts of solar energy in its affordable housing communities by 2020 as part of the Obama administration’s new Clean Energy Savings for All initiative.
CHW has already installed 2.9 megawatts of capacity in more than half of its 36 affordable communities. By the end of this year, CHW plans to complete installations at six more communities, bringing the total number of solar-powered apartments to 2,342, and meeting its goal for President Obama’s initiative.
“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’s effort is made possible by its partnership with Everyday Energy, a Carlsbad-based national leader in financing, designing and installing solar systems for multifamily affordable housing communities. Everyday Energy works with SolarCity to offer a solar service agreement that allows CHW to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs. The financing model includes savings from the California MASH program and the Federal Investment Tax Credit.
The White House announcement of the new 1-gigawatt nationwide goal this week is a ten-fold expansion of the original target of 100 megawatts set in Obama’s 2014 Climate Action Plan. CHW played a significant role in helping reach that 100 megawatts target well in advance of the 2020 deadline.
The solar energy installations at CHW properties offset the electrical loads of both common areas and tenant-occupied spaces. Tenants in CHW’s solar-powered communities see a direct economic benefit as a result of the solar installations. 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.
“The success of installing shared solar to benefit multiple tenant meters with a single large system is now being used as a national model to brig the benefits of renewable energy to all Americans,” said Everyday Energy CEO Scott Sarem. “Everyday Energy has been tasked by the U.S. Department of Energy to share its experience with leaders like Community HousingWorks to spur adoption of solar in multifamily affordable housing complexes nationwide.”
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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.
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.