SolarCity and Habitat for Humanity of San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys, together with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, have formed a partnership to build 78 new affordable solar powered homes in Santa Clarita for returning veterans. According to Market Watch, the new home project is made possible by the CalVet Residential Enriched Neighborhood program, which provides housing, specialized services, and training to help veterans returning from combat achieve upward mobility and reintegrate more smoothly into civilian life.
All CalVet REN homes are Energy Star certified, but this new community is the first to feature solar power from SolarCity. The company makes it possible for veterans to save money on energy costs by having a solar system installed with no upfront cost. They are also able to lock in solar power rates for the next twenty years, protecting them from future utility rate increases and increasing their independence from polluting fossil fuels.
“This community is not just housing for veterans, but a true way to honor our returning servicemen and women,” said Donna Deutchman, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys. “The partnership with SolarCity will offer veterans an environmentally friendly community with low cost solar energy that also provides long term savings. Beyond the gift of homeownership, the community is intended to be a healthy and sustainable place for families to grow.”