Everyday Energy Partners with SolarCity and Community HousingWorks to Provide Solar Power to Working Families

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Everyday Energy has partnered with SolarCity and Community HousingWorks (CHW) to add an additional 2.9 megawatts of solar power to the CHW’s affordable rental community portfolio.

“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.”

Everyday Energy has partnered with SolarCity and Community HousingWorks (CHW) to add an additional 2.9 megawatts of solar power to the CHW’s affordable rental community portfolio. This new partnership will allow CHW to fulfill, by the end of this year, over 80% of their commitment to provide 3.5 megawatts of solar, made toward President Obama’s original Climate Action Plan goal in 2014 of installing 100 megawatts of solar power on affordable housing 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 created the partnership, worked with CHW to identify the properties and solar opportunities, and provides a range of technical support to ensure compliance with the California Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program, coordinate utility allowance adjustments, and facilitate 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.

Community HousingWorks’ solar initiative helps their low-income residents, most of whom earn less than $30,000 a year, save money every month on their utility bills.

“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 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.”

To celebrate this partnership and the recent installation of solar power systems on the carports, community buildings and residential buildings, CHW and its solar partners, Everyday Energy and SolarCity, gathered at La Costa Paloma Apartments in Carlsbad, Calif. on Thursday, June 9, 2016. The celebration was part of NeighborWorks Week, a nationwide celebration of citizen engagement and neighborhood revitalization.

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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 http://www.EverydayEnergy.us or call 760-607-7200.

About SolarCity
SolarCity 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 http://www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.

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 http://www.chworks.org.

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