Sunrun installs 136-kW solar project on California apartment complex

sunrun completed a solar project that will serve 70 rental homes in San Jose, California. Residents of the Don de Dios apartments will receive solar credits on their electricity bills for the next 20 years.

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The multi-family solar installation required no upfront payment from tenants and will provide an immediate 54% energy savings at the facility, freeing up $1,800 annually in the real estate budget.

“We are committed to democratizing energy and increasing access to affordable, reliable, clean power for everyone—whether you rent or own a home,” said Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun. “Our efforts support more than 500 solar projects on affordable homes, which we expect to deliver $13.5 million in annual solar savings directly to tenants, as well as thousands of hours of solar job training for residents in underserved communities.”

In 2018, Sunrun committed to developing 100 MW of solar power on affordable multifamily homes in California by 2030 through the state’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. In addition, in 2021, Sunrun pledged to bring at least 500MW of low-income solar power to people across the country by 2030.

“Our team has been striving to install solar energy on the rental community of Don de Dios Apartments for over ten years. We are excited to partner with Sunrun to make this a reality for our residents,” said Laura Hall, president and CEO of EAH Housing. “Making the move to clean energy on our properties will provide residents with much-needed savings on energy bills and significantly reduce the community’s carbon emissions to the planet.”

SOMAH currently has 470 active projects with more than 38,000 households, which corresponds to more than 100,000 low-income tenants. These active projects, once fully realized, will provide 90 MW of power, produce nearly 115 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, valued at more than $25 million, or approximately $55 per household per month, and 34% are located in designated primary care disadvantaged communities.

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