Back in 1970, the famous Muppet Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green.” In 2020, being green is a lot easier—assuming you mean being environmentally concerned and using clean, renewable energy. New construction is often optioned with solar and even wind energy generation capabilities, including residential buildings. The solar industry’s role in rebuilding the American economy in the wake of COVID-19 is being heralded by leading corporations and congressional leaders.
In communities across America, economic development from large scale solar installations aids job growth and tax revenue. In the shadow of the pandemic, these projects deliver a much-needed boost to America’s economic recovery.
A proponent and major installer of solar is Origis Energy, Miami, Fla. With over one GW (gigawatt) of operational solar projects, and nearly three GW in contracted projects scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023, Origis Energy is delivering clean energy to communities across the country.
Economic development efforts by community organizations and leaders are crucial for the deployment of renewable energy in the U.S. Those efforts are rewarded when solar and energy storage investments create jobs, contribute to environmental initiatives, support local charities and job training programs, and increase tax revenue. As these incentives become even more relevant for the revival of the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19, communities will heavily depend on these investments.
And while community efforts increase, so do the individual residential installations. For example, last year Nashville, Tenn. adopted a renewable portfolio standard with the goal to use 100% renewable energy by 2041. The Brownstones at Creative Way Village, a new project there from Samaroo Development Group, is compatible with the community’s sustainability plans and will help homeowners reduce their carbon footprints. Samaroo Development Group has partnered with POWERHOME SOLAR to make this division the first in the Nashville area to offer solar panel installation as an option for homebuyers.
Samaroo Development is creating an upscale community of townhomes, apartments, and retail space for residents in the Madison neighborhood looking for quick access to downtown Nashville. The three-story townhomes offer homebuyers the chance to own their power with the addition of solar panels on their rooftop. Phase One of the 35-townhome project is nearing completion. Units range from 1,600-2,100 square feet and are being constructed to be solar-ready should homeowners opt to buy a solar panel system.
POWERHOME SOLAR, which entered the Tennessee market in April, has found residents to be quite interested in adding solar power. Those buying in The Brownstones community will have access to exclusive builder pricing on a solar panel installation. Solar solutions for the community’s common areas and for the 46 apartment units being built on the property are also being explored.
Amenities at The Brownstones at Creative Way Village include a pool with cabanas, a dog park, yoga/meditation gardens, outdoor trails and ample green space for relaxation. Phase Two of the project will feature the construction of 10 more townhome units and will be underway soon.
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