Merit Assists Mission Valley’s Newest Solar Community Plan for a Sustainable Future

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Mission Heights Owners Association Inc. plans to expand solar program with significant energy reductions and cost savings up to $695,000

A large crane lifted equipment onto the community roof during the first solar thermal program in 2010.

“The Board of Directors of Mission Heights Owners Association responsibly looks for innovative ways to cut operating costs, lower carbon emissions, and create a differentiator among condominium associations,” stated Merit Community Manager DeWayne Frost.

Merit Property Management, a FirstService Residential Management company, announced today that Mission Heights Owners Association in Mission Valley plans to add solar panels to their existing program to reduce community electricity consumption.

“The Board of Directors of Mission Heights Owners Association responsibly looks for innovative ways to cut operating costs, lower carbon emissions, and create a differentiator among condominium associations,” stated Merit Community Manager DeWayne Frost. “In late 2013, with Board President Aaron Sathrum's leadership and the cohesive teamwork of board members and management, we will add additional solar panels to reduce the annual consumption of electricity. We will save the association 71% of its annual utility consumption and qualify for state rebates."

“Our Mission Heights Board of Directors anticipates coordinating with local companies and developers for the planning and implementation of our enhanced solar energy program,” added Mission Heights Owners Association Board President Aaron Sathrum. “We are thrilled to make a significant difference in saving both energy and money.”

In 2010, the board invested in solar thermal technology and installed three independent solar systems comprised of 72 solar panels connected to water storage. The panels provide more than 3,800 gallons of hot water per day saving almost $11,000 dollars a year as well as energy refund checks totaling almost $80,000. The estimated 25-year savings for the project is over $695,000 with projected environmental benefits that include decreased natural gas consumption by 10,276 therms per year and CO2 emissions by 60 tons per year.

Merit has been committed to educating and guiding clients with water efficiency, renewable energy sources, recycling programs, energy savings, reducing CO2 emissions and establishing innovative ways to decrease the use pesticides and other chemicals.

Mission Heights is a 116 condominium unit community in the heart San Diego’s Mission Valley offering three-story condominiums and two-story townhome style buildings in an urban setting. The community offers a pool, Jacuzzi, laundry facility, covered and non-covered parking, elevators, private balconies and patios.

About Merit
Since 1980, Merit has grown to be one of the foremost providers of professional community association services in the Western States, with nine regional offices throughout California. Merit specializes in the forward planning and management of master planned, single family home/condominiums, active adult, and urban high- and mid-rise communities (http://www.meritpm.com).

Voted “Best Companies to Work” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 as recognized by the Orange County Business Journal.

Merit is a subsidiary of FirstService Residential Management (FSR). FSR is the largest manager of residential communities in North America, overseeing more than 5,600 properties and over 1.3 million residential units.

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