Completed in March 2007, SOLARA Affordable Housing Village sets a new standard in the energy efficiency in multi-family development. Sited along a major transit artery in North County San Diego, the project is adjacent to existing market rate rental housing and a growing commercial center. SOLARA shares a 425 foot boarder with the Rattlesnake Creek Floodway natural greenbelt and is within walking distance from a community park. SOLARA is a 55 year, deed-restricted community for working families.
One of the unique features of SOLARA is its use of solar energy. Photovoltaic panels mounted on the roofs and carports supply nearly 100 percent of the project's electricity. The California Energy Commission recognizes this as the first Zero Energy New Home. In addition to a renewable energy source, SOLARA was developed for maximum energy efficiency and includes hydronic space heating, significantly reducing tenants' utility costs and making these units even more affordable.
Recyclable and environmentally friendly materials were used in construction, including fly ash in the concrete and glass in the decorative walkways. The SOLARA play structure and soft surfaces are made of recycled tires and bottles. To maintain the green aspects of SOLARA,the developers, Community HousingWorks, created a Management/Maintenance guide, as well as implementing training for staff and pre-occupancy briefings for residents.