Affordable housing might not be the first market that comes to mind for solar energy technology, but it is the one that might need it the most. Utility bills are usually the largest and most volatile portion of an affordable housing development’s budget. Stabilizing utility bills through solar and other measures makes it easier to maintain operating budgets, retain tenant services, and avoid raising rents.
For this reason, it only makes sense for GRID North Valley to partner with Mutual Housing California to deliver affordable housing with clean, renewable energy. For more than 30 years, Mutual Housing California has developed, operated, and advocated for sustainable housing for the diversity of the region’s households.
Bryan Dove, Director of Asset Management with Mutual Housing California said, “We chose GRID Alternatives as the solar installer on our last four multifamily affordable housing community projects. GRID Alternatives has consistently provided competitive pricing, complete interconnection and rebate processing services, and great customer service. Their commitment to providing clean energy and job training opportunities for underserved communities aligns perfectly with Mutual Housing California residents.”
GRID has already installed solar panels on the Mutual Housing at Spring Lake, Phase II development, the first federally certified Zero Net Energy rental housing development in the United States. This month we'll also be installing solar on the Mutual Housing at Norwood Annex, and we're planning a future installation on the upcoming Mutual on 5th project.
With this month being #affordablehousingmonth, it’s important to highlight the value of bringing clean, cost-saving energy to our low-income affordable housing communities. Through this partnership, we're able to enhance our ability to deliver environmentally-friendly affordable living solutions for the Northern California community.