Arbor Green brings solar to affordable housing

Rooftop PV systems will offset almost all of the energy usage in a new affordable housing community opened in Carson City, California last week.

With GTM Research analyst Shayle Kann today citing grassroots acceptance, rapid customer takeup and improved financing as three central reasons solar is gaining traction as a mainstream energy source in the U.S., the Arbor Green community developed and managed by Affirmed Housing Group and the City of Carson, demonstrates the role solar can play in low-income communities.

The 40-apartment-house development of one, two and three-bed homes will be made available to families earning 30-60% of Los Angeles County’s average monthly income and includes sustainable features to save residents up to 80% of monthly utility costs.

PV rooftops play a significant role, alongside drought-tolerant landscaping, which saves 47% more water; water-efficient plumbing systems; high efficiency lighting; and 14 community resources – including a community room, computer lab, laundry room, play area and barbeque area – aimed at reducing car use.

San Diego-based multi-family affordable housing specialist Affirmed Housing offers expertise in site selection, engineering, architecture, construction, relocation, marketing, public finance, low income housing tax credit and tax-exempt bond financing.