The 263 unit Hanover Olympic apartment building in the heart of Los Angeles has become the first rental property in the city to offer net zero-energy apartments outfitted with individual solar installations. Now 20 units feature a 3 kilowatt solar panel system, allowing renters to receive direct savings on their electric bills from the power it generates. With a total of 65.5-kilowatts of solar installed by solar provider Promise Energy, the systems are expected to generate approximately 90,000-kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
“Downtown Los Angeles is the perfect location for Hanover to introduce our eco-Apartment concept,” said Ryan Hamilton, acquisitions and development partner for Hanover Olympic. “The area is attracting innovators and first-adopters seeking a luxury lifestyle with new tech and top amenities. We have been able to do all of that and provide the city with its first and only solar-powered, net-zero apartment homes and hope that the success of this program will bring more attention to living a sustainable lifestyle.”
This is the first time that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has allowed residents that are not owners to benefit directly from separate installations on one building. “This took extensive collaboration between representatives from the LADWP solar program, the LA Department of Building and Safety, energy consultant Green Dinosaur, and Promise Energy to design and permit the most effective solar solution for the development,” said Adam Boucher, CEO of Promise Energy.
An estimated 54 percent of all residents in Los Angeles are renters. The city has only achieved two-percent of its solar capacity, according the Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report by the UCLA Luskin Center. If the city and county reach only 10 percent of its capacity potential it would decrease the emission of 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and create 47,000 jobs.
Each unit also features energy efficiency measures such as high-performance windows, thermal insolation, General Electric Energy Star appliances, LED lighting with occupancy sensing controls and demand monitoring applications that can be installed on any web-enabled device.
“As a result of this project, Promise Energy was able to help move solar policy forward in the city of Los Angeles,” said Andy Mannle, vice president of strategic development at Promise Energy. “It’s a step in the right direction if we are serious about meeting California’s Zero Net Energy Building Goals, which call for all new construction residential projects to be zero net energy by 2020, and all new commercial construction projects by 2030.”Tweet