Behind-the-meter hardware SolShare allows for on-site solar sharing at apartment complexes
Solar installer esaSolar has completed an installation of a “shared solar system” for a multi-family apartment complex in Orlando. The installation for RENU Communities uses hardware from Allume Energy† Using Allume’s SolShare technology, residents of the 296-unit Canopy Villa Apartments can subscribe to portions of the rooftop array.
SolShare is probably the only rooftop solar sharing hardware with multiple apartments in the same building.
“This innovative partnership represents RENU’s core values of continuously evaluating and implementing tailor-made solutions for our projects. We are excited about this partnership, leveraging this technology to accelerate clean energy distribution and improve resilience,” said Christopher Gray, Chief Technology Officer, RENU Communities.
With 21.9 million apartments in the United States, the success of this project will set a precedent for multifamily homes in Florida and beyond.
The Orlando Utilities Commission worked with Allume, RENU and esaSolar to assess and ensure this system met Florida’s interconnection and security requirements. The system has the potential to make a significant contribution to the City of Orlando’s zero-tolerance goals and growing confidence in shared solar as a reliable source of energy for residents of multi-tenant buildings.
“Because Orlando is one of the fastest-growing cities in Florida, it needs to develop affordable housing solutions that also prioritize energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Morgan Brawner, esaSolar’s Vice President of Business Development.
Developed by Australian-born, Los Angeles-based Allume Energy, SolShare as a response for multi-tenant residents seeking access to the environmental and economic benefits of rooftop solar requires no modification of existing electricity supply and measurement infrastructure. It is completely behind the meter, making it an affordable and scalable solution to expand access to solar energy worldwide.
“We are excited to see the SolShare unlock a critical part of providing carbon neutral living in Florida in this landmark project. We look forward to expanding solar access to as many Floridian tenants as possible while contributing to OUC’s net-zero energy targets,” said Mel Bergsneider, Allume’s Executive Account Manager.
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