Location: Hill View Apartments, 1280 10th Street W, Havre MT
Owner: MT Preservation HV LLLP
Installers: Liquid Solar Systems
Capacity: 750 kBtu solar hot water
Total Pre-Incentive Cost: $90,000
Installed: December 2014
Solar Hot Water Equipment Used: SunEarth flat plate solar collectors; stainless storage tanks; one 95% efficient HTP water heater with solar input coil
Hill View Apartments is a 52 unit affordable housing community in Havre, Montana. The community is located in the 0th Congressional District of Montana.
Residents of the low-income Hill View Apartments in Havre, Montana are enjoying double the benefits of solar energy: solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors will work side-by-side to produce electricity and hot water for the 52-unit complex. The new solar arrays are part of a complete renovation of the complex with an eye toward energy efficiency, including added insulation and new windows and boilers. The project also features construction of a new, energy-efficient community building, which includes meeting rooms, laundry facilities, and a Head Start school and playground.
The project was developed by MT Preservation HV LLLP, a partnership which includes HomeWORD, a nonprofit developer of affordable and sustainable housing headquartered in Missoula, and GMD Development of Seattle. Hill View is one of five low-income housing complexes around the state of Montana that are being renovated by the partnership.
Energy Efficient Upgrades at Hill View Apartments
Julie Stiteler, Housing Project Manager with HomeWORD, explains that Hill View residents will benefit in numerous ways from the project. The energy efficiency upgrades make the apartments more comfortable year-round: cooler in summer and warmer in winter. While the property owner pays utility bills for the complex, the fact that those bills are lower due to the efficiency upgrades and solar arrays means that more money is available month-to-month to keep the property well-maintained for residents.
Location: Havre, MT
Application: Solar water heating for affordable housing complex
Solar Collectors: Sun Earth EC40
System Format: Solar pre-heated water
Rated Power Output Per Thermal System: 122.7ft2 / 10.76 * 0.7 = 7.982kW
Yearly Energy Output (kWh): 7.982*4.04*.44*365 = 5178.91 kwh (per system)
Metering: Done monthly as readings of BTU metering on solar controls.