Solar panels to deliver lower bills to public housing 

Several public-housing sites in San Francisco are receiving power from solar panel installation projects that employed residents.

Rooftop solar panel arrays, each producing up to 375 kilowatts of power, were installed on federally subsidized public-housing sites in the Hayes Valley and Western Addition districts late last year.

Half of the power generated by the arrays is being used by the property manager — which paid to install the panels — while the other half is available for residents, Sunwheel Energy Partners President Jonathan Goldstein said.

Goldstein is president of a solar financing and installation company that was spun off last year from McCormack Baron Salazar, which manages the three properties.

“The residents at each of these sites will start to see reductions in their energy bills,” Goldstein said.

The solar panel installation projects employed some of the same residents who will soon see a decrease in their power bills.

“It was a good look,” resident Tyrone Mullins said, “to have a lot of people from the community working on the project.”

Mullins, a 24-year-old whose former run-ins with the law have created employment obstacles, worked on the solar panel projects after graduating from a pre-apprenticeship program offered by The City.

“It’s been a blessing,” he said.

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