Harrisonburg Housing & Redevelopment Authority

A Housing Authority with a big vision

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority now owns, operates and maintains a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Lineweaver Apartment Building – a 60-unit low income apartment building. The 35 kW solar system is capable of producing over 45,000 kWh annually, generating nearly 6% of the building’s annual electricity needs. Under the solar services agreement, the Authority prepaid 85% of the solar services for $78,000 and will self-generate electricity below incumbent utility prices – generating an estimated $135,000 in avoided utility costs over the 35-year service life of the solar panels. If the Authority chooses to purchase the system after five years, it could achieve higher avoided utility costs.Secure Futures, through its subsidiary Polly Solar LLC, purchased and owns the solar panels on the roof of the Lineweaver building. The Authority hosts the solar facility and self-generates the electricity produced by the solar system. Secure Futures was awarded a grant via the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program (USDA-REAP).


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Lineweaver Apartments Solar Monitor

The Challenge

A self-generating power source for public housing in Harrisonburg, VA

The Result

A 35 kW system installed in May, 2013, by Secure Futures, LLC, creating a 20 year Solar Self-Generation Agreement (Solar SGA®) with the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority