New Solar Systems in the Windy City

Spire Solar Chicago has provided solar electric systems for Lakefront SRO Holland Apartments and the Children’s Place at Vision House Apartments, two affordable multifamily housing developments in Chicago. Each of the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems incorporates a solar array with a peak capacity of 18 kW, enough to supply over 21,000 kWh in a typical Chicago year.

Chicago, Illinois – December 20, 2002 [] The Holland Apartments, developed by Lakefront SRO, will provide 81 rehabilitated apartments for senior citizens in the South Side community of Roseland. The Children’s Place at Vision House developed by the Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Chicago is a daycare facility for children affected by HIV/AIDS. These developments are the second phase of the Vision House Apartments, started by Interfaith Housing in partnership with Liberty Baptist in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood. Both projects will be completed by the end of December 2002. “These solar installations are a progressive step toward making Chicago one of the greenest cities in the U.S.,” said Stephen Hogan, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Spire Solar. “They are an excellent example of the forward thinking of our partners in these projects, and they represent a move by Spire Solar Chicago into a new market.” The two housing developments join an increasing number of PV installations on Chicago’s South Side, including the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science and Industry, three Chicago public schools and the upcoming “New Homes for South Chicago”, a development of single-family homes by Claretian Associates. “Capturing energy from the sun will play a vital role in meeting our future energy needs,” said Henry Kurth, manager of the Energy Division of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. “Through this unique partnership, Illinois has become a leader in demonstrating solar power systems as a source of clean, renewable electricity.”


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