March 24, 2017
SunBug Solar recently completed the installation of a 9.8 kW solar PV array at 151 – 157 Allston Street in Cambridge, helping the affordable housing apartment building achieve LEED Platinum certification. This redevelopment project by Homeowners Rehab Inc. (HRI), whose mission is to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities, was initiated following the destruction of much of the original building by a nine-alarm fire in July 2014. HRI turned that devastating blow into an opportunity to make the building better and greener than ever.
The solar PV array features thirty premium efficiency solar panels manufactured by SunPower Corporation. SunBug worked closely and collaboratively with the project’s development team to coordinate our rooftop and electrical installation work in concert with the building’s various other contractors.
The solar array, along with many other environmental features, has helped the project achieve LEED Platinum, the highest designation from the highly regarded certification program by the US Green Building Council. Other high performance features of the home include R-26 walls, an R-50 roof, a solar domestic hot water system, and an air-tight building enclosure. The structure also features energy efficient HVAC appliances, energy efficient lights, low-flow water fixtures, and low-VOC paints and sealants.
These apartments are just a small sampling of the 1,500 housing units that HRI has developed since their founding in 1972. HRI embarked on an impressive retrofit campaign eight years ago, which has resulted in a 23% drop in energy consumption across their housing portfolio, in addition to a number of other LEED certifications.
Allston Street is the fifth collaboration between SunBug and Homeowners Rehab, a partnership that SunBug particularly embraces for assisting to reduce energy costs for low and moderate income families.
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