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Published on January 25th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan

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Affordable Housing & Solar Power — Residents Install Solar Panels!



You don’t often see affordable housing and solar power being combined. There have been a couple of projects in San Francisco and San Diego in the past year. But Sunwheel Energy Partners just went way beyond that — it just finished a major solar installation on affordable housing units in San Francisco and it hired the residents to install the photovoltaics.

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This great project was part of San Francisco’s larger GoSolarSF initiative (launched by San Francisco Mayor and contributing author on CleanTechnica Gavin Newsome).

Sunwheel and the local residents put 375 kilowatts worth of solar panels on three affordable housing sites through this project. This created 14,000 work hours for the residents of these communities.

In a true example of sustainability, combining social support with clean energy and economic advancement, this project is one of the most inspiring I have seen in a long time.

via Treehugger

Related Stories:

1) San Francisco Housing Authority Goes Solar

2) NBA Team Goes Solar

3) Columbia Engineer Focuses on Affordable Solar Power

4) SF Solar Energy Incentive Program Shines Bright in First Year

Image Credit 1: LanceCheungImages via flickr under a CC license

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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