Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Apartment complex is San Diego's first to go 100% solar, builders say
San Diego apartment and commercial office builder H.G. Fenton has partnered with Kyocera Solar to build the first “zero net energy” apartment complex in the Scripps Ranch neighborhood, says Kyocera in a release.
Photovoltaic solar modules provide 100 percent of the electricity required for Fenton’s Solterra “EcoLuxury” Apartments, according to Kyocera, covering all common area needs as well as those in the 114 residences on site via a 338-kilowatt solar system. Residents can access a smartphone app to monitor energy usage and control thermostats, among other features.
The units, however, don’t come cheap. One bedroom units start at $1,645 per month, and two bedroom plans go to $2,255 a month and beyond, though that might not be a problem as residents of the 92131 ZIP code boast an average household income of $151,142. Throughout San Diego, however, the average rent on a one bedroom apartment is reported by RentJungle at $1,183, with a $1,491 cost for two bedroom units.
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