Case Study: Solar for a nonprofit residential facility
In an historic neighborhood of Los Angeles undergoing a rapid renaissance, a non-profit was preparing to open a senior living community. Keen to combat high energy costs, attract eco-conscious residents and keep their budget on track long-term, they decided to go solar.
With the assistance of a diverse set of partners spanning project financing and loans, paperwork, and installation, in December 2017 Parkview’s solar installation was completed and came online. This high-efficiency solar power system takes advantage of the large roof area, totaling 73 kiloWatts, with 224 individual SunPower solar panels and two inverters. The project illustrates a connection between convenient, walkable city living and more clean energy for new housing.
Parkview exemplifies architecture that integrates into the charming area where it’s situated, while writing a new chapter for the neighborhood and for residents. The experience for tenants is geared toward an active lifestyle. From the Spanish accents in the look to the solar system on top, this facility is rooted in the rich past while looking forward.
Parkview Senior Living demonstrates leadership in sustainability through its solar project, and there’s a practical benefit too: $656,000 in projected utility savings in the first 30 years of operation. The system’s energy output is verified in two ways: the difference between the utility bills that they could expect without solar and what they actually pay, and through active monitoring,. It produced 15,000 kiloWatt hours of energy in its first month of service.