300 Megawatt Hours = The total solar energy generated since the HRHA solar array went online in 2013. This has led to the avoidance of over 900,000 lbs of CO2 emissions and has saved thousands on utility bills. HRHA installed solar on its J.R. Polly Lineweaver building (affordable housing for elderly and disabled adults) in 2013, partnering with Secure Futures Solar to install the 35KW array. HRHA was one of the FIRST Housing Authorities in the state to provide solar energy to residents in affordable housing. Since solar panels went up on Lineweaver 6 years ago, other housing authorities and housing non-profits across Virginia have explored opportunities in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and utility affordability for residents.
The Better Housing Coalition in Richmond was behind one of the first “net-zero” energy apartments for low-income individuals, meaning the units are designed to produce more energy than they consume. In Blacksburg, Virginia, Grissom Lane Apartments were also completed to net-zero standards. Grissom Lane Apartments provides affordable housing for low-income seniors. Solar panels and energy efficiency measures were key to these accomplishments.
Since the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) began incentivizing green building and design in affordable housing over 15 years ago, thousands of affordable housing units have been built to Earth Craft standards. When HRHA renovated all Franklin Heights apartments in 2008/2009, each apartment was renovated to Earth Craft standards.
Utilizing renewable energy and improving the energy efficiency of affordable housing is a win-win for all involved. If the resident is paying utilities, these measures can help add stability and assistance to monthly (and sometimes volatile) electricity prices. If a local non-profit or Housing Authority covers utilities, energy savings equates to savings on the taxpayer end, allowing housing funding to stretch farther. Not to mention the incredible environmental benefits.
You can view live stats on how our solar array is performing on the Secure Futures Portal.