DC & MD Scattered Site Solar Project
1.4 MW of Solar PV Supporting Low-Income Communities
A partnership established by the National Housing Trust and Urban Ingenuity, known as NHT-Ingenuity Power (NHT-IP), installed 24 solar systems installations on affordable housing and non-profit rooftops across the Washington, D.C. area. The project will provide an estimated $3.8 million of lifetime energy savings and other financial benefits for local residents and affordable properties. When placed into service, the 1.4 MW of solar PV increased the city’s installed solar capacity by almost three percent.
The project will generate 1.8 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, which will be used to offset utility bills for participating affordable housing owners and to provide new benefits to their residents. In addition to the solar installation costs, the project is funding roof repairs at several sites.
The buildings hosting these installations are owned by several of the largest non-profit affordable housing organizations in the District, including So Others Might Eat, Victory Housing, Mi Casa, and Mission First, as well as for-profit housing owners Urban Atlantic and Somerset Development Company.
This project was made possible through support from the D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment’s (DOEE) Solar for All program and the McArthur Foundation. Project financing included a $2.7 million loan from New Resource Bank, now part of Amalgamated Bank, and a $1.7 million investment by Monarch Private Capital, a tax equity partner.