Verde Villas, a multi-family complex in the city’s Arcadia district, opened its doors in 2014 after an extensive renovation. The property was completely reborn thanks to the efforts of Catholic Charities Community Services in partnership with the foundation for Senior Living and Chandler-based Sun Valley Solar Solutions.
Sun Valley Solar Solutions joined with Catholic Charities Community Services to provide both funding, as well as design and installation services for the 91kW solar array. As Steve Capobres, VP of Business Development at Catholic Charities explained, the organization has long been an advocate for green-friendly housing. “Solar, along with other green initiatives, enable us to dramatically reduce our operating costs – freeing money that goes directly back to support our programs.”
The Sun Valley Solar Solutions system is comprised of 325 SolarWorld modules split between rooftop and custom-built steel parking structures. Commissioned in late 2014, Verde Villas’ new solar energy plant is projected to produce 155,402 kWh per year, or nearly 60 percent of the facility’s overall electricity needs.
The entire renovation was overseen by the Arizona nonprofit Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), which also manages the property on behalf of Catholic Charities Community Services.
“Sun Valley Solar Solutions was a real partner from start to finish,” stated FSL’s Chief of Real Estate Services Steve Hastings. “They took the time to understand the nature of our mission, and then guided our entire team through a process that allowed us to understand the environmental benefits and financial savings that only solar can provide.”
Hastings also gave high marks to the Sun Valley Solar Solutions design and installation team. “Everything was handled with the utmost professionalism. Communication was excellent, and the entire project was delivered on schedule and within budget.”
Sun Valley Solar Solutions CEO Russ Patzer added, “SVSS was founded right here in Arizona, and all of our employees make their home here. The residents of Verde Villas are our friends, neighbors, and family. We are exceptionally proud to partner with Catholic Charities on this project, and pleased to know that our technology will help to free resources for charitable programs across Arizona.”