John Sharp had been searching for ways to incorporate renewable energy into his Denver Homeowner’s Association for a few years before Huntington House HOA signed up for RooflessSolar with CEC. He explored onsite solar energy systems and wind turbines, but found both options were not physically feasible nor were they financially appealing. Then he heard about community solar and Clean Energy Collective and found a solution that would both integrate clean energy into the HOA’s practices, and save the HOA money on electric costs.
Huntington House HOA, near Cheeseman Park in Denver and in walking distance to the Denver Botanic Gardens, is implementing RooflessSolar as part of a long-term energy cost reduction strategy. To date, the HOA has replaced old and inefficient hot water boilers, replaced nearly all common area light bulbs with LED bulbs, and installed regenerative motors in the elevators. When John heard about RooflessSolar, he realized it was a perfect complement to their energy efficiency efforts and the easiest way to integrate renewable energy into their plans.
RooflessSolar allows any electricity customer to participate in a centralized solar facility and receive credits directly on their electric bills for the power produced each month, without having to install solar panels on their roof or property. It’s a viable solution for HOAs and HOA members because participants benefit from an offsite solar array, as opposed to having to install panels on HOA property.
Huntington House HOA bought 51 panels from a CEC RooflessSolar Array located in Denver, CO. The bill credits produced from those solar panels will save the HOA an estimated $56,151 over the lifetime of the program, and they will see a projected 208%% payback on their initial outlay. RooflessSolar will not only offset Huntington’s House energy use with clean solar energy, avoiding 606,007 lbs. of CO2, but will allow the HOA to use their electric savings towards other HOA-related programs.
John Sharp, a board member for Huntington House, not only recommended RooflessSolar to the HOA members to offset electricity use of HOA common areas, but he also signed up his own home and encouraged his neighbors to sign up as well.
“As an HOA board member, I was looking for renewable energy solutions to serve the HOA,” said John Sharp. “When I found out I could also use RooflessSolar to save money for my own home’s electric costs, I decided it would be a good investment for my family as well.”
Huntington House HOA is a model for other HOAs and communities to collectively reduce electric costs and lower carbon footprints. HOAs can offset electric use in common areas, and individual HOA members can access the benefits of solar energy without installing solar panels on their roofs, making it a win-win for everyone.