As Astrum Solar (rebranded to Direct Energy Solar on April 1, 2015) prepares to say goodbye to 2014, we cannot help but think of our accomplishments throughout the year. As energy costs continue to rise throughout the country, everyone at Astrum Solar is proud that we are helping our customers reduce their electricity costs AND their carbon footprint. It’s a win-win: more money in our customers’ pockets AND a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone to enjoy.
Now we have a “triple-win” story for you.
NHT Renewable, a green affiliate of the National Housing Trust, entrusted Astrum Solar to install solar panels on five NHT/Enterprise Preservation Corporation properties throughout Washington, DC. On September 18, 2014, Astrum Solar celebrated the completion of the first NHT Renewable solar project. The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Secretary, Julián Castro, joined NHT Renewable, Astrum Solar, and community developers in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of solar panels at St. Dennis Apartments.
“The cost of energy is one of the single largest operating expenses in affordable housing. Solar power is helping owners maintain affordable rent,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro explained.
Not only did installing solar on the roof of St. Dennis Apartments lower the carbon footprint of the building, but it lowered the building’s energy costs, making it even more affordable for residents. Here’s some information about the system and its benefits:
- The 14.58 kW system consists of 54 Suniva 270-watt panels, using SolarEdge micro inverters
- The system will produce about 20,000 kWh/year—about $3,000 of electricity!
- The system offsets the CO2 emissions of about 14,500 pounds of coal and 4.8 tons of landfill waste.
“This ultimately translates into a triple win,” said Secretary Castro. “A victory for building owners, a victory for residents who can achieve lower energy costs, and of course, also, a victory for all of us with better environmental results.”
“Our solar investment here will, over time, repay itself again, and again, and again, making our properties and our organization and our residents sustainable,” affirmed Michael Bodaken, President of the National Housing Trust.
Please enjoy our video of the celebration below.