Los Angeles's first solar-powered, net-zero-energy community is finally complete. The 20 eco-apartments are located in downtown L.A. and provide tenants with a greener lifestyle and lower to nonexistent energy bills.
Studios, one- and two-bedroom units are currently available, with rents priced between $2,140 and $3,297. Each unit is powered with LED lights and receives 3kw of energy from the 215 solar panels affixed to the roof. CleanTechnica caught up with Kyle Staley, the development design manager at Hanover Company, which developed the community:
The residents do receive the entire direct benefit of the solar power generated by the rooftop solar array. The power that these residents use is created entirely on-site by the sun and it feeds directly into the residents’ electrical panels. Surplus power that the resident does not use during the day is fed back to LADWP’s electricity grid, which essentially functions like a giant battery.