Everyday Energy Brings Solar Power to the Affordable Housing Community

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Everyday Energy, a full service solar energy integrator specializing in photovoltaic solar and energy efficiency projects for the Multi-family housing market recently completed the largest Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) project to date in San Diego. This installation was for the first reservation on the MASH installation list in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service area and uses 17 separate virtual net metering arrangements.

Everyday Energy, a full service solar energy integrator specializing in photovoltaic solar and energy efficiency projects for the Multi-family Housing market recently completed the largest Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) project to date in San Diego. This installation was for the first reservation on the MASH installation list in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service area and uses 17 separate virtual net metering arrangements. The installation was administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). Mayberry Townhomes is owned and managed by the MAAC Project (MAAC).

This installation was originally reserved with another solar company but when their financing did not work for MAAC Project, Everyday Energy was called in. Everyday Energy’s proprietary Solar Service Agreement made it possible for MAAC Project to get the installation finished with no upfront costs. Additionally, MAAC and Everyday Energy partnered to install a new roof for the property.

Moreover, the electricity produced at Mayberry Townhomes goes 100% to the tenants. The net result is that the tenant’s electricity bill from SDG&E is now zero. The 203 kW solar system not only helps the environment but also helps low income families put more money in their pockets to use for other life necessities.

Everyday Energy also worked closely with MAAC Project and Youth Build to create a solar training program at Mayberry Townhomes that supports workforce development in San Diego. Everyday Energy and Youth Build sponsored a training class for low-income individuals to learn about solar installation. This training resulted in Everyday Energy hiring two people from the program as full time crewmembers. This program now serves as the foundation for solar training and energy efficiency awareness programs available to Everyday Energy’s clients and partners. “We want to give back to the communities we serve by creating opportunities that allow people to learn a real skill, that will give them a real job and real pay in the emerging green economy,” said Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

To celebrate the largest MASH installation to date, the MAAC Project will host a ceremony at the Mayberry Townhomes located at 4328 Mayberry Street, San Diego, CA on June 28, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Scheduled speakers at the event include: Antonio Pizano, Executive Director of MAAC Project; Irene Stillings, Executive Director of California Center for Sustainable Energy; and Scott Sarem, CEO of Everyday Energy.

Everyday Energy
Based in Oceanside, Calif., Everyday Energy is focused on bringing the benefits of renewable energy to both the multi-use and affordable multi-family housing communities. We provide no-cost and low-cost options for property owners and non-profit community housing companies to place solar electricity on their properties that offset tenant and common area electric bills through virtual net metering. This is accomplished through the use of our proprietary Solar Service Agreement.

The MAAC Project
The MAAC Project is a multi-purpose social service agency with a successful 45-year history of serving various communities throughout San Diego County. In 1965, MAAC Project opened its doors to serve San Diego's disadvantaged. One million clients later, MAAC is still acting as a catalyst to help individuals and families become self-sufficient. MAAC provides a spectrum of unique programs designed to assist clients by engaging them in the enhancement of their own lives through lifestyle changes. The programs strive to improve clients’ economic standing as well as their ability to access resources.

YouthBuild
YouthBuild provides low-income young adults between the ages of 16-24 with education, job skills, and counseling services. Program participants work towards their High School diploma or GED while gaining new job skills working on affordable housing construction projects. Today, there are 273 YouthBuild programs in the United States and international programs in more than 25 countries around the world.

California Center for Sustainable Energy
The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that helps residents, businesses and public agencies save energy, reduce grid demand and generate their own power through a variety of rebate, technical assistance and education programs.

Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program
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 multi-family affordable housing buildings.

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