Three student housing communities will be powered with solar power thanks to an agreement between Campus Crest Communities, a developer of student housing, and SolarCity, a provider of alternative energy. The student communities are located in Greeley (Colorado), Flagstaff (Arizona) and Las Cruces (New Mexico). They will be fitted with more than 9,000 solar panels.
The panels will generate more than 2.3 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually, or 50 percent of the communities’ energy needs. They will help offset more than 80 million pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking approximately 7,000 cars off the road for a year.
“Sustainable living is central to our company philosophy and business practices, and we are pleased to find that our residents are equally as passionate about the concept. Shifting consumption towards clean energy will further our mission to be a leader in regenerative practices by using renewable sources to limit carbon emissions and reduce overall energy costs, which in turn allows us to provide our residents with cleaner, more energy efficient housing,” said Ted W. Rollins, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Campus Crest.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.