After several years of delays during the permitting, construction, and inspection process, the 26 kilowatt solar system on the rooftop of Living Rooms at the Border is officially operational and creating solar savings for the families that live there!
Through SunForAll financing, Casa Familiar Living Rooms, which comprises 10 units of affordable housing and the newly renovated historic Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church built in 1927 (now known as El Salon), is solarized. El Salon serves as a hub for Casa Familiar’s programs and community events.
Casa Familiar residents and the surrounding community are learning about the benefits that clean and reliable energy sources can provide. Lisa Cuestas, President and CEO of Casa Familiar shared:
“Living Rooms at the Border is an innovative project that intertwines community programming, affordable housing, and sustainability technology. These solar panels power our community theater, air quality monitors, and 10 affordable housing units, help our community reap the benefits of sustainable technology and environmental justice initiatives in San Ysidro. This would not have been possible without the support from BQuest Foundation.”
This installation at Casa Familiar will save the nonprofit and their tenants over $300,000 in utility expenses over the lifetime of the solar system and will mitigate 704 metric tons of C02 from the atmosphere. This equates to removing 152 gasoline-powered cars from the road for an entire year or planting 833 acres of forest!