Fourth Street Apartments

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Renewable energy solutions and green construction methods are typically not associated with affordable housing, but in fact, the pairing makes sense. The newly-constructed Fourth Street Apartments offer 100 low-rent housing units to families in the San Jose area making 60% or less of the area median income. Features like the solar PV system and energy-efficient windows reduce the building’s electricity costs, allowing monies saved to be used for resident services.

Fourth Street residents enjoy comfortable, affordable housing, a complimentary transit pass for the light rail train just two blocks from the building, special needs services, an on-site laundry facility, and a state-of-the-art solar energy system that provides shade to a rooftop balcony. More information can be found at the Fourth Street Apartments website.

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The Fourth Street Apartments’ 30.5 kW solar energy system is divided into two solar arrays. One utilizes a traditional flat roof mounting method with angled racking; the other is mounted as a free-standing trellis that will host shade and climbing plants as part of the building’s rooftop garden.
Size
30.5 kW
Production
44,100 kWh/year
PV Modules
Sunpower 320W (63 modules)
Kyocera 235W (44 modules)
Mounting
Roof
Trellis
Location
San Jose, CA
Online Since
2012
Pounds of CO2
67,041
1,676,025
Miles driven
70,320
1,758,000
Trees planted
780
19,500
*Calculations based on EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator. System lifetime is assumed to be 25 years.