The Echo Valley Apartment Complex is home to a new rooftop community solar project. Provided by PowerMarket and Fairstead, the project is intended to provide low-cost solar options for the underserved members of the community. The rooftop facility was built to generate 497-kilowatts of solar energy, which is filtered into the affordable housing complex.
PowerMarket is a community solar management service responsible for overseeing the customer accounts of solar projects. Partnered with PowerMarket for the new West Warwick project is Fairstead, a real estate firm dedicated to providing affordable housing for low-income residents. By working together, the two can make clean, renewable energy accessible to underserved communities and neighborhoods.
According to PowerMarket’s COO, Jason Kaplan, the company is striving to provide support for Rhode Island’s underserved communities. Kaplan confirmed that the partnership with Fairstead was valuable in making the rooftop community solar project possible.
The community solar project serves two purposes. Though its primary purpose was to serve the residents of Echo Valley Apartment Complex, the energy generated through the project will also serve members of the Rhode Island National Grid. Customers that wish to take advantage of the cost-saving electricity can subscribe to the project. As part of their subscription, they’ll receive a credit on their utility bill.
Fairstead has worked to bring positive environmental changes, and its partnership with PowerMarket is a significant step, founding partner Will Blodgett states. Blodgett hopes that the Echo Valley community solar project will become a model for other developers looking to provide savings to nearby neighborhoods.
At the time of this announcement, the rooftop community solar project at the Echo Valley complex reached its max subscribers. However, community solar facilities are available throughout Rhode Island to provide homeowners and small businesses with a low-cost option for energy.
Parties looking to participate in an open community solar project can contact PowerMarket directly.