Durham Community Land Trustees — 11.55 kilowatts, October 2015
Our first Sharing Solar project put solar on 4 affordable housing units owned by Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT). The system — which is expected to save the tenants $1,700 a year on electricity costs — was installed in October 2015 and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on November 6.
Durham Community Land Trustees is a nonprofit that builds strong communities by developing, managing and advocating for permanently affordable housing that offers Durham residents with low and moderate incomes a stable foundation for achieving economic security.
We installed an 11.55-kilowatt solar power system on the DCLT quadruplex of apartments at 811 Carroll Street in Durham. The system was installed by Yes Solar Solutions, the Cary company that installed solar on 33 Durham roofs during NC WARN’s 2014 Solarize Durham campaign.
NC WARN provided $20,000 toward the installation cost from the Sharing Solar fund. Volunteers from RePowering Durham — a project anchored by NC WARN — raised the remaining $22,851 from solar fans across the state who believe everyone in North Carolina should have access to clean, affordable power.
Read about the project in this IndyWeek article about efforts to get the Durham City Council to pass a pro-solar resolution.
A spinoff benefit of the project was a relationship forged between Yes! Solar Solutions and the Durham Economic Resource Center, who have a tentative agreement for Yes! to provide apprenticeships to students in DERC’s Workforce Development program next year.
Fundraising Phase — May to October 2015
Words of Support
Installation Phase — October 2015
Celebration Phase! Ribbon-Cutting November 6, 2015