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Mountain Housing Opportunities and the Asheville Housing Authority Energize Four New Solar Arrays at Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights, Systems will Generate 243,372kWh of Renewable Energy


Two of Asheville’s affordable housing organizations partnered with Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light to power four apartment buildings with renewable energy. The new solar electric systems will offset over 172 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. The CO2 offset is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 22 homes or driving a 2021 Tesla Model 3 coast-to-coast over 390 times.


City Council Members Antanette Mosley and Kim Roney, ‘energize’ the solar system at Building 21W. Others in the photo include Rich Olejniczak from Mountain Housing Opportunities, Tara Irby from Asheville Housing Authority, Michael Churchman from Eagle Solar & Light, and Phelps Clarke from Pisgah Energy.

City Council Members Antanette Mosley and Kim Roney, ‘energize’ the solar system at Building 21W. Others in the photo include Rich Olejniczak from Mountain Housing Opportunities, Tara Irby from Asheville Housing Authority, Michael Churchman from Eagle Solar & Light, and Phelps Clarke from Pisgah Energy.

Asheville, NC/JULY 2022 – On July 18, members of Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO), the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, and the community, along with City Council Members, Antanette Mosley and Kim Roney, gathered to celebrate the energization of four new solar arrays at Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights, an affordable housing apartment property in downtown Asheville. MHO and Asheville Housing partnered with Pisgah Energy and Eagle Solar & Light to design, develop and install the roof-mounted solar arrays totaling 176kWdc/144kWac. Serving as on-site electrical generation for the apartment complex, the renewable energy produced by the arrays will help offset the energy usage of four apartment buildings.

These buildings now have a total of 425 solar panels that will augment their power. The systems will produce approximately 243,372 kWh of renewable energy annually, offsetting over 172 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. This impact is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 22 homes or driving a 2021 Tesla Model 3 coast-to-coast over 390 times.

View of Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights Rooftop Solar Arrays

Four solar arrays will generate will approx. 243,372 kWh of renewable energy annually for Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights, an affordable housing apartment property in Downtown Asheville.

Asheville Housing has invested more than $10 million in energy efficiency improvements in its communities over the last 15 years, but this is the first major solar PV initiative. “We are proud of this work, which reduces both our carbon footprint and operating costs, to keep our communities affordable,” said Executive Director David Nash.

This is the third solar installation in affordable housing for Mountain Housing Opportunities, which installed similar, though smaller, systems at East Haven Apartments in Swannanoa and Eagle Market Place in downtown Asheville last year. MHO has also previously installed two solar thermal systems.  “Many thanks to the NC Housing Finance Agency for providing the supplemental funding that covered the expense of this installation,” said MHO Executive Director Scott Dedman.

Pisgah Energy was the lead designer and developer and worked in collaboration with Eagle Solar & Light to provide construction services for the project. According to Evan Becka, President and Senior Project Developer at Pisgah Energy, “It’s been a pleasure working with MHO, Asheville Housing and Eagle Solar & Light on this project. We believe that solar is for everyone, so it means a great deal to have played a part in bringing solar power to Maple Crest Apartments.”

Eagle Solar & Light installed the project utilizing Q-Cell 425W Modules, Solar Edge Inverters and PanelClaw’s flat roof racking system. “It was an honor to install the solar arrays at this site. At the end of the day, we often have a great sense of accomplishment from what we do but knowing who would benefit really made this project special. Having reduced energy bills due to solar makes it even better.” said Michael Churchman, Eagle Solar & Light’s Chief Operations Officer, “We look forward to helping more of Asheville move toward the aggressive sustainability goals set by our leaders.”

ABOUT:

Mountain Housing Opportunities  is a private, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities, and lives, and to build hope and dignity in the people we serve.

Housing Authority of the City of Asheville is a public housing agency and the largest provider of affordable housing in Western North Carolina, serving more than 3,000 families in Asheville and Buncombe County. Asheville Housing’s mission is to provide safe, quality, and affordable housing, to expand available resources, and to collaborate with the community to create opportunities for resident self-reliance and economic independence.

Pisgah Energy is on a mission to lead the transition of commercial, municipal, and institutional clients from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. We serve our clients using insight and expertise derived from 20 years working in the renewable energy sector. We provide comprehensive solar and energy storage design, development and construction services for commercial, municipal, and institutional clients across the Southeast. Our team has a proven track record of developing solar and energy storage projects that are both innovative and uniquely tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.

Eagle Solar & Light: It is our passion to expand renewable energy by developing partnerships driven by trust and integrity, while meeting savings and sustainability goals.  We are a North American Board of Certified Electrical Practitioners (NABCEP)-certified general contractor licensed in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina. We believe that individuals, businesses, nonprofits and, in particular, marginalized and underserved communities, should have access to clean, abundant solar energy to save money and gain energy independence.  We constantly seek opportunities to educate our communities about solar energy and power a cleaner tomorrow.

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