4CORE completed the award-winning solar installation project for low-income senior housing supported by a non-competitive EPA grant. The Raise the Solar Bar Program will includes the demonstration, installation and use of new battery storage technology coupled with a 20 kW solar PV system at Socorro Senior Living in Pagosa Springs, a Section 202 Program through the Colorado Department of Housing and Urban Development and managed by Housing Solutions for the Southwest.
Anticipated measurable project benefits:
- 31,200 kWh of electricity to be produced annually
- 21.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide prevented annually
- 23,398 lbs of burned coal prevented annually
- Saving an estimated $5,000 annually for Socorro Senior Living
The Raise the Solar Bar project also includes battery storage technology training and educational component for the community.
The project’s battery storage technology will serve as a demonstration site for the installation, operation, and maintenance of this new technology. This would be the first such installation in the region. This project will also demonstrate how the technology can provide backup power during power outages increasing safety for the senior residents, and cut electricity costs by storing energy when rates are low and discharging during high-cost peak hours.
This project is only possible with support and funding from local businesses and sponsors. LPEA generously supports 4CORE’s renewable energy projects through the Green Power Program. In particular, the local block program. You too, can support local, renewable projects in the area by contributing a small amount on your electric bill. It’s easy to do and be sure to check the “Local(s) block. SIGN UP HERE!