First Multi-Family Affordable Solar Housing Installation in Downtown San Diego Complete

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Everyday Energy, a full service solar energy integrator, recently completed the first installation of a Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) project in San Diego, CA. This installation is the 10,000th solar installation in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service area and the first to use virtual net metering. The installation was completed at the Hacienda Townhomes located at 350 17th Street in downtown San Diego and is being administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and will deliver 34,726 KWh of energy annually to the 52 units and common area.

Everyday Energy, a full service solar energy integrator specializing in photovoltaic solar and energy efficiency projects for non-profit, government, commercial and residential applications, recently completed the first installation of a Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) project in San Diego. This installation is the 10,000th solar installation in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service area and the first to use virtual net metering. The installation was completed at the Hacienda Townhomes located at 350 17th Street in downtown San Diego and is being administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). Hacienda Townhomes is owned and managed by San Diego Community Housing Corporation (SDCHC).

Everyday Energy worked closely with SDCHC, CCSE, and SDG&E to bring the benefits and promise of renewable energy to low-income residents. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with SDCHC, CCSE, and SDG&E to bring this project to life. When SDCHC came to us for assistance with this project, 27 other projects had received Track 1 MASH funding, but none had been installed. We are proud to have obtained the last MASH Track 1 funding available for our customer and become the first MASH project to be installed. Working collaboratively with these organizations, we were able to provide a solution that benefits everyone—most importantly, the residents of this community” said Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

This project not only significantly reduces the energy costs of the residents and property owner, but it will also help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 595 tons of CO2 over 25 years - the equivalent of planting 23,812 trees or driving a small car over 2 million miles. Additionally, the Hacienda Townhomes solar project employed 5 people for four weeks and justified 3 permanent jobs.

The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program is part of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and provides solar rebates to offset the installation costs on qualifying multifamily affordable housing buildings.

The Solar PV installation will deliver 34,726 KWh of energy annually to the 52 units and common area. Installation of the 96 PV panels began May 24, 2010 and was tied into the grid on June 18, 2010.

The San Diego Community Housing Corporation will host a ceremony at the Hacienda Townhomes on Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. to mark the installation of San Diego’s first MASH project, and 10,000th PV installation in SDG&E territory. Scheduled speakers at the event are: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; Councilman Kevin Faulconer; Irene Stillings, Executive Director of CCSE; James Avery, Senior Vice President of Power Supply at SDG&E; Kimberly Paul, Vice President of Community Development at SDCHC; and Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

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