Thursday, May 7, 2009

First platinum LEED-Certified, 100% solar powered, affordable housing in San Diego

 Los Vecinos Solar Panels Apartments Aerial View Affordable Housing San Diego Photo

 Image via: Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation

Los Vecinos, the first LEED-Certified Platinum, 100% solar-powered affordable housing in San Diego, offer 42-units of state of the art in green housing. The $17.6 million USD project opened its doors today to visitors to welcome the new neighbors, who are already living in the building, to the neighborhood.

The complex is located in the Chula Vista section of San Diego, and provides 3 floors of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom housing units. The complex also has a 1,500 square foot recreation center complete with fitness equipment, and space for classes offered such as finance, computer literacy and how to "go green." Eligible residents make between $16,600 and $58,800 USD per year (60% or less of the area's median income). The solar array covering the entire roof was installed by First Solar Inc and is a 93 kW system. Each apartment gets a certain number of solar panels hard-wired directly so it and gets whatever credit the system produces; the bigger the apartment, the more panels. …

Los Vecinos: First Platinum LEED-Certified, 100% Solar Powered, Affordable Housing in San Diego

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