Public housing authorities provide low-income communities access to affordable housing. However, burdensome energy costs and declining operating budgets have led to many of their properties to fall into disrepair, diminishing their ability to better serve their low-income constituents.
Financed by a power purchase agreement, Ecogy will redevelop a brownfield to construct a 1.15 MW ground mount for the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA), the largest provider of affordable housing in Delaware. WHA is projected to save over half a million dollars in lifetime energy costs at a number of WHA facilities including high-rises and mid-rises through virtual net metering. The energy savings will be directed toward improving services and facilities to their low-income communities.
We believe our project with the WHA offers a model to meet two goals: to increase and scale the deployment of solar on public housing properties and to reduce the soft costs that remain a significant obstacle to that goal.