Located in east Olympia, Merritt Manor is a low-income housing development with eighty two apartments. Thanks to our installation, each apartment will save about $260 dollars each year on energy. Reducing the energy burden of low-income families is a tangible way to reduce poverty and promote economic justice.
This solar installation consists of 324 solar panels and will produce about 129 megawatt hours of electricity a year, about a third of the building’s total consumption. When our team initially began planning the project we discovered that the electrical meter set up prevented us from installing solar. Our team engineered an innovative solution to replace the tenant meters with a single master meter. In addition to allowing the solar, the new metering setup saves each tenant their monthly utility customer charge.
A custom solar educational display was installed in the entrance way of Merritt manor.
Special thanks to the Washington Department of Commerce Clean Energy Fund, South Sound Solar, Reliable Electric, Glenn Wells Architecture, and Prime Locations.
Read the Project Case Study: Multifamily Housing Solar Case Study_OCS_1_2_2023.docx