Solar Thermal Expands With Four New Affordable Housing Installations
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates based in Berkeley, California has embarked on its largest rehabilitation project to date, simultaneously recapitalizing five of their senior communities in Oakland and Berkeley. Totaling approximately 350 units of affordable senior housing, these five properties of Satellite Central, Park Boulevard Manor, Doh On Yuen, Glen Brook Terrace, and Stuart Pratt have provided affordable housing for extremely low-income seniors for over 40 years. Four of these buildings now have solar hot water systems installed by Berkeley’s Sun Light & Power.
Dubbed the Satellite First Communities project, the rehabilitation of these properties includes seismic upgrades, energy efficiency measures, replacement of major building systems, community area renovations, and facade improvements. The various “green” attributes for each building include no VOC paint and materials, recycled material carpeting, drought tolerant landscaping, and low wattage lighting. Through financing from Citibank and Enterprise Community Investment, the completion of these rehabs in June 2013 will allow these properties to provide quality affordable homes for low-income seniors for many more decades to come.
The Durant Street building in Berkeley is comprised of 12 Heliodyne Gobi 4x10 solar hot water panels; 21st street in Oakland is comprised of 28 Heliodyne Gobi 4x10 solar hot water panels. The two other affordable housing buildings in Oakland (on 8th street and Park Boulevard) have 10 and 12 Heliodyne Gobi 4x10 solar hot water panels, respectively.
Melissa Miyara is Sales & Marketing Services Manager at Sun Light & Power.
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