Microgrid Energy teamed with Sunwheel Energy and Real Goods Solar to help deliver the largest solar project in Missouri to date. The project involves installing solar at 73 buildings on residential properties managed by the St. Louis Housing Authority, in the King Louis, Renaissance Place, Murphy Park and Cambridge neighborhoods. The project’s total capacity is 600 kilowatts.
The SLHA’s solar installations are in the last phases of construction. The authority awarded its contract to St. Louis-based Sunwheel Energy Partners, an affiliate of McCormack Baron Salazar. MicroGrid Energy is a consultant on the project.
The $10.4 million housing authority project is being funded partly with $5.1 million in stimulus funds from HUD. McCormack Baron Salazar obtained tax credits to fund the balance of the project costs.
The electricity generated from the solar energy is equivalent to powering over 80 homes for a year and saves the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as taking 170 cars off the road. The Housing Authority solar panels are located on rooftops and on carport canopies.
The electricity that will be created is not for individual apartments but for common areas, management offices, hallway lights, exterior lights and parking areas.