Largest, Solar-Powered, Affordable Housing Community in US Nearing Completion
24 Buildings with 378 Family Apartments at Crescent Park in Richmond, California
The new solar installation at the Crescent Park apartments in Richmond, California is nearly completed, making this large apartment complex the largest, solar-powered affordable housing community in the United States. EAH Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer and manager based in San Rafael California, contracted with Berkeley-based Sun Light and Power to provide solar power to serve 24 buildings and 378 family apartments for this large community on nearly 25 acres.
We interviewed Gary Gerber, CEO & Founder of Berkeley's Sun Light and Power, who spoke about the solar installation as well as the various tax incentives and rebates that made it possible. Check out the interview above.
About the Solar Energy Installation
The solar installation at Crescent Park - a $7 million dollar project installed by Sun Light and Power, based in Berkeley, CA - will help reduce the production of greenhouse gases while providing lower utility costs for this large, family complex. The installation also helps the city of Richmond to meet almost 20% of its 5 MW goal for usage of solar power.
Producing nearly a megawatt of clean, renewable energy, the 908 kilowatts system includes 4323 SunPower, 210-watt modules and 180, SunPower M Series inverters.
"We are proud to provide solar power for all 378 apartments as part of our major rehabilitation and improvement of this important affordable housing community that has served Richmond since the 1960s," said Mary Murtagh, President and CEO of EAH Housing.
"The contributions made by EAH Housing to the city of Richmond is incalculable," said Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond. "EAH has created an affordable housing complex that not only brings value to our city but, with its commitment to solar energy, has also taken on a stewardship role as well."
About Sun Light and Power
Sun Light and Power was formed 33 years ago in Berkeley by Gary Gerber as one of the first solar energy companies in California. With more than 1,000 solar installations in the Bay Area and a staff of 60+ employees, Sun Light and Power prides itself on its skilled engineering staff who work with many technically-challenging projects.