SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Community HousingWorks (CHW) has partnered with SolarCity and Everyday Energy to add 2.9 megawatts of solar power to the organization’s affordable rental community portfolio. The new partnership will allow CHW to continue progress on their commitment made to President Obama’s Original Climate Action Plan in 2014 to install more than 100 megawatts of solar power by 2020.
CHW powers common areas with solar energy and provides the benefits of solar power to individual residential units through the use of virtual net metering. SolarCity finances, designs, installs and maintains the 12 new solar power systems. Everyday Energy originated the partnership and provides technical support to ensure compliance with the California Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program, coordinates utility allowance adjustments, and facilitates energy audits to provide the maximum positive financial impact to both CHW and their residents. More than half of CHW’s 36 affordable communities have on-site solar power today.
“With Everyday Energy and SolarCity’s support, the majority of our communities will be operating on renewable energy by the end of this year,” said Sue Reynolds, CHW President and CEO. “That means savings for the working families, seniors, and individuals in our communities and savings for our properties. Lowering energy costs enable us to maintain lower rents and dedicate more resources to meeting our mission of helping people and communities move up in the world.”
“This partnership is an excellent demonstration of how clean, affordable solar energy can benefit both renters and developers of affordable housing communities,” said Jesse Jones, SolarCity’s Vice President of Solar Project Development. “Residents are saving money each month with affordable solar power and securing a lower electricity bill for years into the future, helping them take control of costs. Developers like CHW also save money by going solar and can use funds towards improving communities and prices for renters.”
“We are excited to expand our relationship with Community Housing Works, to partner with SolarCity to deliver real solutions for the affordable housing market, and to demonstrate that low-income properties and families really do benefit from solar,” said Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy. “We have worked hard with our affordable housing clients, the California Legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission to create an offering that makes financial sense for both owners and renters.”
For additional details on the partnership, watch our video at https://youtu.be/DEtNPeXwi0c.
About Community Housing Works
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 over 2,600 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.
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.
SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly 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 Twitter.