Mercy Housing Inc., a Colorado-based nonprofit affordable-housing developer, is launching a partnership with Los Angeles-based solar firm Promise Energy Inc. to increase solar energy nationwide. The program involves installing 3 MW or more of new solar capacity across Mercy Housing’s entire portfolio, which totals about 18,000 units. Because affordable-housing communities usually operate on thin margins and have limited roof space, they often struggle to implement solar energy programs. Through this collaboration, Mercy Housing and Promise Energy say they intend to show that affordable housing can, and should, be solarized. Through a solar power purchase agreement model, Promise Energy will provide the installation and management of solar energy on a property at little or no upfront cost to Mercy Housing, and Mercy will then buy the electricity the solar panels generate. Mercy Housing notes that a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) helped the nonprofit search for a solar partner.
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